Clarets Keeper Signs New Contract Until 2023
Burnley Football Club have confirmed that goalkeeper Nick Pope has signed a new long term contract at Turf Moor to commit his future to the Clarets until June 2023, with an option for a further 12 months.
The goalkeeper who was part of England’s 2018 World Cup squad is fully recovered from the shoulder injury that put his Burnley career on hold last season following a spectacular introduction to the Premier League. Pope who joined the Clarets from Charlton Athletic in July, 2016, seized the opportunity that came his way after captain Tom Heaton suffered a dislocated shoulder in September 2017.
Pope went on to become an ever-present for the remainder of the season, with a string of outstanding performances helping the Clarets finish seventh in the Premier League and earn a place in the Europa League. He won a first England cap in June, 2018 in a warm up game for the World Cup Finals in Russia where he was part of Gareth Southgate’s squad which reached the semi-finals. Pope’s return to domestic duty saw him sustain a dislocated shoulder of his own in the Clarets’ opening European tie against Aberdeen.
The signing of England international Joe Hart and Tom Heaton’s Premier League return at the turn of the year restricted Pope to just two FA Cup appearances. But his decision to commit to a new long-term deal gives the Clarets a major tonic as they begin preparations for a fourth successive top-flight campaign.
Speaking about signing a new contract goalkeeper Nick Pope said, “I am in a good place, the shoulder feels good and I’m looking forward to coming back ready for next season and with the contract being for a further four years that will carry me through the majority of my career. When you look at a long deal like that, you take into context the club you’re at and the people you will be around every day. I love being where I am and working with the lads every day.
It’s an enjoyable place to be. I want to get back to where I left off and help the club build on the three years I’ve had here so far. Last year was a bit of a non-starter for me with the injury. It was frustrating and didn’t pan out as I hoped after such a great season. But it’s been a fantastic time here and I want to help the club to keep moving forward.”