Bolton sign goalkeeper Matt Gilks as player-coach

Matt Gilks has taken a player-coach role at Bolton
Matt Gilks has taken a player-coach role at Bolton (PA Archive)
17:51pm, Thu 06 Aug 2020
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Veteran goalkeeper Matt Gilks has joined Bolton in a player-coach role.

The 38-year-old, who has made over 400 league appearances during spells with a host of clubs including Rochdale, Blackpool, Burnley, Wigan, Scunthorpe and Lincoln, joins the Trotters from Fleetwood.

Gilks has won three caps for Scotland and will play and act as the club’s goalkeeping coach under former Blackpool team-mate Ian Evatt at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Evatt told the club website: “I am delighted to welcome Matt Gilks as our new goalkeeper coach.

“He is a fantastic character and, after a stellar playing career, he moves into an exciting new role.

“Matt has a wealth of knowledge to give our goalkeepers and will be a huge asset for this football club.”

Bolton later announced the arrivals of striker Nathan Delfouneso and defender Jak Hickman.

Delfouneso, 29, leaves Blackpool after a fourth spell.

He said of the move: “Hearing the ambition the club has and what they want to achieve going forward is exciting. It’s almost like a reset button has been pressed and I can only see the club going in one direction.”

Hickman, meanwhile, joins after a successful trial.

Evatt said of the 21-year-old: “Jak had issues with his previous club, Coventry City, after a huge mistake on social media, which he paid the price for.

“I am all for giving people a chance and we have had him in over an extensive period to test him technically, tactically, physically and, more importantly, mentally; he came through with flying colours.

“He has a lot of ability for a young player and now has a chance to get his career back on track,” he told the club website.

Hickman was fined and placed on the transfer list by Coventry last summer after making disparaging remarks about the Sky Blues in a video posted on social media.

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