Former Cherries star Pitman admits it will be 'different' to ply his trade in Wessex League

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Brett Pitman has joined Wessex League AFC Portchester
Brett Pitman has joined Wessex League AFC Portchester

LEGENDARY Cherries striker Brett Pitman admitted it would be “different” to drop into the realms of semi-professional football – after agreeing a move to join Wessex League AFC Portchester.

The clinical frontman on Friday rubber-stamped a move to join Wessex Premier Portchy after an ambitious swoop from the Step Five outfit.

Pitman enjoyed two successful spells with Cherries after coming through the club's academy, scoring more than 100 goals in his 286 appearances.

He helped the club all the way up from League Two to the Premier League, before joining Ipswich in 2015.

Pitman spent the latter part of last season on loan in the National League with Eastleigh, with his contract at Bristol Rovers expiring this summer.

Asked about his switch to Portchester, the 34-year-old said: “I’m really looking forward to it.

“Obviously for me it is something a little bit different coming out of full-time football but something I am looking forward to.

“It’s going to be different to what I’m used to but it is something I’m looking forward to and at this stage of my career it enables me to do some coaching as well, which is something I’m really looking forward to doing.”

Portchester finished seventh in their respective division last season, with 72 points from 40 league games.

Pitman added: “I’ve had a good chat with the manager and the club want to win the league so I think that’s the aim - obviously it’s going to be difficult.

“On a personal level, hopefully I can bring some experience and score a few goals.”

AFC Portchester manager Dave Carter added: “It’s great to get the signing of Brett over the line. Myself and the committee members worked hard to get Brett on board with us.

“He brings a vast amount of experience to the club and I’m sure there will be plenty of quality and goals from him.

“Brett will also be joining the first team staff and helping out with training sessions and coaching on match days.

“I’m really looking forward to working with him this season and so are the first team squad.”

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