England goalkeeper Nick Pope signs new four-year contract with Premier League side Burnley
Wicken-raised goalkeeper Nick Pope has signed a new four-year contract with Premier League side Burnley.
Pope, who attended West Suffolk College and King's Ely School, enjoyed a breakthrough season during 2017/18 – one that culminated in him being called up to the England squad for that summer's World Cup in Russia.
However, a shoulder injury suffered shortly after his return put the former Bury Town keeper's career on hold last term, limiting him to just three appearances in all competitions.
But he is now fully recovered and has committed his future to the Clarets until 2023, with the option of a further 12 months.
Speaking to the club's official website, Pope said: “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 high the season before. But it’s been a fantastic time here and I want to help the club to keep moving forward.”
Meanwhile, Burnley manager Sean Dyche added: “After a difficult, injury-affected year, through no fault of his own, Nick lost a season’s work.
“But we are absolutely delighted that he has now agreed a new long-term deal, which mirrors the aim of the club. We have always said we want to be strong in the market and that includes when it comes to other clubs trying to get our players. This is a clear sign of that.
“Nick has shown himself to be a real professional and we are delighted to have him at the club until 2024 and look forward to continuing the good work he has already achieved.”
Pope has featured on a total of 45 occasions since joining Burnley from Charlton Athletic in 2016.