Matt Gilks: 'Blackpool offered me new contract via text'

Matt Gilks of Blackpool during the FA Cup Third Round match between Bolton Wanderers and Blackpool at the Reebok Stadium on January 4, 2014
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New Burnley goalkeeper Matt Gilks reveals that former club Blackpool offered him a new contract via text message.

New Burnley goalkeeper Matt Gilks has revealed that Blackpool offered him a new contract via text message.

The 32-year-old stopper was announced as a Burnley player earlier today and told the Clarets' website of the peculiar offer from his former club.

"I was out of contract at Blackpool and they did offer me a new one via text message, which was strange," he said.

"I think I wanted to move on anyway, I've been there for six years and had three brilliant years there under Ian Holloway."

Gilks signed a two-year deal at Turf Moor and will challenge Tom Heaton for the number one jersey in the Premier League.

Matt Gilks of Blackpool during the FA Cup Third Round match between Bolton Wanderers and Blackpool at the Reebok Stadium on January 4, 2014
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