Former Town goalkeeper out on loan

AIMING TO IMPRESS: Nick Pope, pictured in action for Bury Town, has joined Blue Square Bet South side Welling United on a 28-day loan period from Charlton Athletic.
AIMING TO IMPRESS: Nick Pope, pictured in action for Bury Town, has joined Blue Square Bet South side Welling United on a 28-day loan period from Charlton Athletic.
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FORMER Bury Town goalkeeper Nick Pope is aiming to impress after signing for Blue Square Bet South side Welling United on a 28-day loan period.

The 19-year old, who signed for npower League One side Charlton Athletic from the Blues in the summer, joins the Park View outfit, with the promotion chasing Wings currently sitting second in the league.

The youngster also spent a loan period with Ryman League Premier Division side Harrow Borough earlier in the season, where he played 15 times and after starting his first game for Welling in the 1-1 Boxing Day draw with Dartford, Pope is aiming to catch the eye of Addicks boss Chris Powell as he relishes the opportunity of first team football.

“I am definitely looking forward to the opportunity of the loan at Welling,” he said

“It is another chance for me to get experience and it is a great move for me at a new level to test myself.

“When I heard I was coming to Welling, Chris Powell told me just to enjoy the experience and not be scared.

“My aim now is to impress while I am on loan. I have the chance to show what I can do and I will be doing all I can take every chance I am given to improve and develop.”

Speaking of his move to Charlton, the stopper revealed he is still getting to grips with the steep learning curve of full time football but despite not featuring in the first team set-up at the Valley since his summer switch to the Addicks, Pope believes he has already seen improvement in his game as he continues his flourishing professional career.

“It is a completely different atmosphere and level to I have used to,” he added.

“At Bury we didn’t have a goal keeping coach so that has been a massive difference for me being at a professional level and I am certainly learning a lot.

“Chris Powell is a really good manager and I am glad to be working with him at the start of my professional career.

“Over the last seven months I have improved a lot and I learning so much from the coaches.

“It is a big learning curve for me but I am enjoying the experience hugely.”