Portsmouth and ex-Bournemouth favourite Brett Pitman outlines his future plans

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Brett Pitman has insisted he wants to continue his playing career for ‘a few years’ amid a potential Pompey departure this summer.

The striker joined the Blues from Ipswich for an undisclosed fee in July 2017 and was appointed club captain.

The Jersey-born forward had slipped down the pecking order before the shutdown of the season, however.

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He hadn't made an appearance for Kenny Jackett's side in 18 matches, while he trained with Bournemouth's under-21s for a period. Pitman also was stripped of the skipper's armband in September.

The ex-Bristol City man is coming towards the end of his three-year deal.

Although all Pompey contract talks are on hold amid the coronavirus crisis, it's looking likely the 32-year-old will be released.

While Pitman intends to go into coaching in the future, he's not planning to hang his boots up just yet.

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Speaking to the Back Of The Net Podcast, he said: ‘I can't imagine Bournemouth to be asking me to come back playing anytime soon!

Brett Pitman. Picture: Robin JonesBrett Pitman. Picture: Robin Jones
Brett Pitman. Picture: Robin Jones | 2020 Robin Jones

‘But, of course, I'd come back in a heartbeat. I still want to carry on playing for a few years yet, but coaching definitely (I’d be interested in).

‘I've done my badges and been in a few times to help Warren (Cummings) with the under-13s team.

‘My little boy has just signed for the under-nines so I'll definitely be about.’

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Pitman's arrival at Fratton Park in 2017 was regarded as a major coup at the time.

He's scored 42 times in 99 appearances for Pompey - with 25 of goals coming in his maiden season.

Having spent the majority of his career at Bournemouth – playing a key role in their journey from League Two to the Premier League – a return to the south coast was a big pull why he joined the Blues.

He added: ‘Coming to the south coast was a massive attraction to me.

‘My wife's family live in between Bournemouth and Portsmouth so it was a big attraction for me.

‘If I couldn't sign for Bournemouth then Portsmouth was the next best option.’

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