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Pitman permanent switch official

Pitman permanent switch official

AFC Bournemouth striker Brett Pitman is officially now a Cherries player after his move was completed on Thursday.

Pitman returned to Dean Court at the end of November after the Cherries and Championship side Bristol City agreed a loan move with a view to permanent deal.

Pitman came through the youth ranks at AFC Bournemouth and was a regular goal scorer for the youth side and reserve teams before he made the step up to the first team.

Initially he struggled to break into the team and score on a regular basis, but this changed when Eddie Howe was named as manager in January 2009.

Pitman scored a total of 13 goals during the second half of the 2008/09 season, helping the Cherries avoid relegation out of the Football League despite a seventeen point penalty following administration.

Pitman then went on to have the best season of his career in 2009/10 scoring 28 goals as the Cherries won promotion out of League Two.

In August 2010 he was sold to Bristol City for fee reportedly around £600,000 to £800,000, signing a three year contract. His final game for the Cherries coming against Peterborough where he collected the match ball for a 15 minute second half hat-trick.

His two and a half year spell at Championship side Bristol City had been mixed, he made 81 appearances (including 36 starts) scoring 20 goals, but had only made 3 league appearances so far this season before his move back to the south coast.

Pitman became Eddie Howe's first signing since his own return to Dean Court in October and the striker began to instantly repay the faith shown in him scoring a dramatic last minute equaliser against Bury on his second debut.

He's gone on to score three goals in six League One appearances and as previously reported, signs a three and a half year contract after the Cherries agreed an undisclosed fee with Bristol City.

The Daily Echo believe the fee is in the region of £60,000 whilst the Bristol Post have reported that...

The two clubs agreed an undisclosed six-figure fee, but The Post understands City have recouped a significant proportion of the £600,000 they paid Bournemouth for Pitman's services back in August 2010.

Bristol City manager Derek McInnes told

'He's gone to a club he knows well and is enjoying regular match action, which is what he wants. We wish Brett well for the future.'

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Date:Friday January 4 2013
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