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Pope: I Already Feel Welcome

19 July 2016

Nick Pope says he already feels welcome at the club after signing from Charlton Athletic for an undisclosed fee.

The 24-year-old stopper has signed a three-year deal at Turf Moor after a five-year stint with the London club.

And having already spoken to returning captain and fellow goalkeeper Tom Heaton, Pope is looking forward to getting started.

“Tom has had time off due to England duty at the Euros but he spoke to me over the phone.

“It was nice to get that sort of welcome and start to get to know the lads before I’ve settled in the building.

“Playing on the last day when the club were already promoted and going for the title I was extremely impressed. They were the best team I played against last season.”

Pope gained valuable experience during a number of loan spells earlier in his career, notably at York City and Bury.

Aged just 16, he played in the first-team at non-league outfit Bury Town, something which he says helped his development hugely.

“I played a lot of games in non-league and worked my way on loan and during that time at Bury Town.

“It was great experience for me and it’s stood me in good stead so far. To get promoted with Bury from League Two was a great moment because you want to achieve things in football.”

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