Pitman’s honesty on Eastleigh’s ‘revealing’ loan

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CHERRIES legend Brett Pitman has spoken of his ‘revealing’ loan move to Eastleigh, after learning the players were going to some games without a team coach.

The 34-year-old striker failed to make the desired impact at Silverlake Stadium with just one goal in 17 National League appearances.

It ended in a 5-3 loss to eventual play-off finalists Solihull Moors, while Pitman only made manager Lee Bradbury’s starting XI on 40% of the chances.

Pitman – who helped fire Cherries to the league title in 2015 – has opened his loan spell, leaving parent club Bristol Rovers in League Two.

“Going to Bristol a few times a week and staying is fine if you play, but I wanted to play,” Pitman told the AFC Bournemouth podcast. “So I went to Eastleigh.

“Listen, the guys were fantastic, it was a bit of an eye opener for me if I’m being honest, after playing 17 years in professional leagues.

“The first game, I said ‘what time does the coach leave?’ “No there’s no coach – you drive yourself. We met in Maidenhead. I was like, okay, that’s different.

He continued: “Little things that I had to adapt to and I struggled to be honest.

“Even things like I was playing passes and people were on a completely different wavelength to me – so I found that difficult.

“But as I say, good people, a good club and the guys are very good.”

Pitman – who has scored 101 goals in 298 appearances for Cherries, and recently netted 11 in the 2020-21 League One season for Swindon – is out of contract with Rovers this summer.

The veteran striker admits he wants to extend his career, adding: “I’m not quite sure (where he will play), but I really want to keep playing.

“I still love training, I still love the game and I think I still have a lot of goals to score, so we’ll see what happens.”

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