NICK Pope admitted his double player of the year haul at the club's official awards night was something that was beyond his wildest dreams at the start of the season.

The 26-year-old claimed the fans award as well as the players' player of the year to cap a dream season.

Having started the campaign as understudy to Tom Heaton, without a Premier League appearance to his name, Pope is now the club's first choice goalkeeper, keeping 12 top flight clean sheets and helping the Clarets to seventh place.

His form since replacing the injured Heaton in September also earned Pope a first England call-up and as he claimed two gongs at the Player of the Year night at Turf Moor, he admitted the season had been a memorable one both personally and collectively.

"It’s something I could never have imagined. It’s been an unbelievable year," he said.

"No player, fan or pundit could have imagined we’d be sitting here in seventh place with Europe guaranteed.

"It’s a massive achievement, so to be here with these awards I’m massively proud."

Pope hailed a team effort as being key to the Clarets success this season, with Burnley booking a spot in Europe next season for the first time in 51 years.

He also paid tribute to goalkeeping coach Billy Mercer, who has now had a hand in the rise of Pope and Heaton to the England squad.

"It’s a team effort, people off the bench and the squad as well," Pope said.

"The players and the staff – particularly goalkeeping coach Billy Mercer - have looked after me down to a man.

"They are the ones in front of me putting their bodies on the line on a Saturday or helping me out. I can’t thank them enough.

"The supporters as well. It makes a massive difference to a player when you know you’ve got the fans on side.

"From day one they’ve been on my side and supported me and the team, so I can’t thank them enough."

Steven Defour's stunning free-kick at Old Trafford on Boxing Day was voted Burnley's goal of the season.

Defour's curling effort found the top corner, giving David De Gea no chance, and it beat off competition from 10 other goals to win the award.

Dwight McNeil picked up the young player of the year award, with the 18-year-old attacking midfielder shining for the Under-23s this season and earning a first professional contract.

Ashley Barnes and Stephen Ward were both honoured with centurion awards for making their 100th appearances during the campaign.

Barnes and Wood also look set to share the top scorer award as they're locked together on 10 strikes at the moment. Wood collected the award with Barnes absent after suffering a shoulder injury at Arsenal on Sunday.