Soham-born new boy Nick Pope started his youth career in the Academy of his hometown club Ipswich Town.
At the age of 16, Pope joined non-league Bury Town and gained invaluable experience as the first-team goalkeeper under the stewardship of former Colchester United midfielder Richard Wilkins.
Wilkins predicted a bright future for the 6ft 3” stopper and he soon earned a move to Charlton Athletic in the summer of 2011 after impressing during a 2-1 victory over Billericay Town before a successful trial.
His first loan spell away from The Valley saw him join Harrow Borough where he kept three clean sheets and saved two spot kicks in 19 appearances.
He gained further experience in a brief spell at Welling United, before keeping four clean sheets in nine games for Cambridge United in the Conference.
On the final day of the 2012/13 campaign, Pope made his Addicks debut when he replaced David Button in the 4-1 home win over Bristol City.
The youngster went on to help the club’s U21 side to win the national Professional Development League 2 title.
During the second half of the 2013/14 season he joined York City on a loan deal, where impressive performances saw him keep 16 clean sheets in 24 games as the Minstermen got into the League Two play-offs.
They conceded just once across both legs but it was the decisive strike in sending Fleetwood Town to Wembley.
His last loan spell during his time at SE7 proved another success. Bury secured the signature of the Clarets new boy on loan during the 2014/15 season and he made 22 appearances as they were promoted in third place from League Two.
A more prolonged spell in the first-team at Charlton follow during the 2015/16 campaign, making 28 appearances.