He might not have played for Burnley in the Premier League for almost a year but Joe Hart is still having an influence on the Clarets goalkeeping ranks.

The 32-year-old has featured just once this term, in the Carabao Cup defeat to Sunderland, and is almost certain to leave the club in the summer when his contract expires.

He could even depart sooner if there is interest in January and a deal can be reached but current Clarets No.1 Nick Pope has revealed that Hart is having a major impact on his ever-improving game.

Pope has kept six clean sheets in the top flight this term, second only to Leicester's Kasper Schmeichal, and made his competitive England debut last month.

And the 27-year-old feels Hart's impact has helped him improve.

"It's massive," said Pope of the Hart factor. "It's something that can't be underestimated.

"Joe's someone who's obviously done a lot more in the game than I will ever do - England, international, Champions League.

"His CV is incredible so to have someone like that and to be the person that he is to help me out rather than see me as a direct rival and be acidic or toxic around me, he's totally the opposite.

"For him to lend me a hand almost daily, we get on really well on and off the pitch, so to have someone like that is amazing.

"He's been through a lot of years in the Premier League. He's played a hell of a lot of games and he's experienced a lot of things on and off the pitch.

"To be able to lean on someone like that having been through 50 Premier League games only myself, to be able to learn and for them to share their experience with me is massively vital and helps me grow as a player and a person."