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Gilks on his road to recovery

28 December 2018

Goalkeeper Matt Gilks is close to making a return for the Iron having been out injured since May.

The 36-year-old, who tore the cruciate ligament in his left knee in the play-off semi-final first leg against Rotherham United last season, has returned to training and is close to full fitness again.

The experienced shot stopper gave iFollow Iron an update. 

He said: “I feel great now. We have upped the training with four sessions a week and I’m back on the pitch.

“I’m still pushing it in the gym and hopefully next week I can return to full-time training.

“I have missed smelling the grass, getting dirty and being out with the lads. 

“I enjoy training, shouting at people and making saves. That is what I have always done so I have really missed it.”

Gilks has had a positive week of training, which has seen progress further with his recovery, but is still a “few weeks” away from full fitness. 

“I have been jumping this week, which was the last hurdle to get over,” said Gilks, in this interview which was recorded just before Christmas.

“It still needs a little bit more work as my leg strength is still slightly down, but I am still working hard in the gym.

“I am doing everything else like diving and kicking. 

“It is just about getting to 100 per cent and I am nearly there.”

The goalkeeper has had to put a lot of hard work in during his recovery to ensure his knee fully repairs.

He said: “I have done really well off the pitch. I have looked after myself, I have read about it and spoke to a lot of people about it because I don’t want this happening again.

“I have really knuckled down with everything off the pitch, as well as doing what I am told to do in the gym by the physios.”

Fellow goalkeeper Rory Watson also picked up a long-term injury six games into this campaign after putting in a number of good performances between the goalposts. 

The 22-year-old broke his arm when preventing a possible goal in the Iron’s 2-2 draw against Barnsley in August.

On that injury, Gilks said: “He was playing really well so it was unfortunate to get it at that time. 

“He is a young lad and that was his first major injury, but he is working hard himself and getting stronger in the gym. 

“We have been really unlucky with injuries this season, but it is part and parcel of football.”

United then signed Jak Alnwick on-loan from Rangers on transfer deadline day: “He has done well. He is a very competent and very experienced keeper for his age.

“He has coped really well and made some great saves. It is just unfortunate that he is in a team that is struggling, hopefully we can turn that around and get some wins.”

Gilks, however, has found it difficult watching from the stands whilst he has been out of action, but has still been helping the players with his vast experience.

“It is frustrating because you are sat in the stands and all you want to do his help," he said.

“I have spoken to several players on their own and have asked them this and taught them that."

He added: “Hopefully they have taken it on board and they can implement it in games.”

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