Blackpool goalkeeper Matt Gilks is thankful he opted against joining last summer's exodus from Bloomfield Road.

The Seasiders' last-day relegation from the Barclays Premier League prompted key figures such as Charlie Adam, DJ Campbell and David Vaughan to seek pastures new.

Scotland international Gilks also had offers on the table but, ahead of Saturday's npower Championship play-off final against West Ham, he said: "I was very close to leaving. There were a couple of clubs speaking to my agent and we were waiting on answers. Fortunately they took their time and Blackpool didn't."

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