Nick Pope Joins U's On Loan
Burnley keeper Nick Pope has joined Championship side Colchester United on loan until the end of the season.
Colchester have signed Burnley no.2 shotstopper Nick Pope on loan until the end of the season, completing their seventh deal of the window already this Summer. Pope, 25, joined the Premier League outfit in 2016 for £1,100,000 from Charlton, who were relegated from the Championship that season as they began to prepare for life back in the top flight once again.
Failing to make a single league start in his first two years at the club, Pope has been left frustrated at the lack of opportunities he has been given and is searching for the exit door, so our sources believe. His contract at Turf Moor will expire next Summer and it is believed the club will allow his deal to run down.
The ex Athletic keeper has had an interesting career. He joined the Ipswich youth academy before being released in 2008, allowing him to make his senior debut with lower league side Bury Town. Impressive performances allowed him to attract interest from Charlton and he signed for the club in 2011.
The move prompted several loan spells out, firstly with Harrow Borough, making 15 appearances before joining Welling in the 2012 season on a 28 day loan, where he impressed once again for the Conference South side. Cambridge United called for the young keeper, Pope made nine appearances and kept four clean sheets for the U's, as they enjoyed promotion back to League Two.
In the same year, Pope also had short loan spells with York and Aldershot. He rejoined the former in 2014 and made 24 appearances in League Two, keeping 16 clean sheets in which helped provide a real platform for Pope. He only furthered this as he helped Bury to promotion in League Two, playing 22 times for the Shakers.
Charlton finally gave the no.1 spot to Pope in the 2015/16 season, he made 33 appearances for the Addicks but couldn't stop the club from being relegated from the Sky Bet Championship that season, as fans revolted against the club owners. That allowed the move for Pope to sign for the Premiership side, where he described it as a 'huge opportunity.'
Colchester have also completed the signings of Italian winger Simone Palombi and Bulgarian keeper Dimitar Mitov on frees. Palombi, 21, joins from Lazio after successful spells on loan at Serie B sides Ternana and Trapani Calcio, the winger scored six goals for Trapani last season from 34 games. Mitov, 20, joins after being released by Charlton this Summer.