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There is no planned Papal visit and neither is there any white smoke billowing out of the chimney at the side of the Bob Lord Stand, but Burnley Football Club have got themselves a Pope of their own with the signing of Charlton Athletic goalkeeper Nick Pope

It brings to an end our search to replace Matt Gilks who has signed for Rangers having been released at the end of last season.

The 24-year-old Pope has been with Charlton since starting out as a professional footballer but has played most of his games elsewhere in a series of loan spells, starting in non-league with Harrow Borough, Welling United, Cambridge United and Aldershot Town.

His first Football League appearance was for Charlton on the last day of the 2012/13 season. He did concede a goal but the goalkeeper at the other end, a certain Tom Heaton, conceded four as Charlton beat already relegated Bristol City 4-1.

Pope spent time during the 2013/14 season at York, making 22 league appearances. He got a few games for Charlton in the next season before moving to the North West and Bury where again he played 22 games in Bury’s promotion season, keeping an impressive 13 clean sheets.

Last season saw him and Stephen Henderson, who played in their 4-0 loss at Burnley, share duties but Pope was very much first choice for the last two months of the season and has now totalled 33 league appearances for them, bringing his total in the Football League to 77.

Pope has today completed a move to Burnley for a reported £1.1 million and signed a three year deal with an option for a fourth year in the club’s favour.

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