Brett Pitman 'not given run' by Bristol City

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Pitman relishing Bournemouth return

Bournemouth loan striker Brett Pitman says he was not given enough chances to prove himself at Bristol City.

Pitman left the Cherries for City in August 2010 but struggled to hold down a first-team place, with 45 of his 81 appearances coming as a substitute.

He re-signed for Bournemouth on Tuesday with a view to making a permanent move to the League One club in January.

"I didn't get a run in the (City) side but I don't know why," the 24-year-old told BBC South Today.

"When I played I did alright and my goals-to-start ratio was very good. I just didn't get enough chances."

Since Derek McInnes took over as manager at Ashton Gate in October 2011, Pitman only started 10 of 30 games but the forward insists there is no bad feeling between him and the Scot.

"I got on well with him but for reasons to do with him, I didn't get a run in the team and that's how it was," Pitman continued.

"I worked hard but I couldn't break in."

The Jersey-born striker says he is now ready to make a fresh impact at Bournemouth, who have been revitalised by the return of former boss Eddie Howe.

"I didn't want to go on loan without a permanent deal at the end of it," added Pitman.

"I wanted to play for the club and want that club to do well and not look at it as a selfish move.

"With Eddie coming back here it made it even better."

And Howe says when he was given the chance to re-sign Pitman he jumped at the opportunity.

"When you get the chance to sign someone of Brett's quality calibre, it's not an easy one to turn down," Howe told BBC Radio Solent.

"We obviously know him and we go back a long way.

"He did fantastic in his first spell here, scored a number of goals and was a key part in out promotion team.

"And he got a number of goals at Bristol City when he was given a run in the team and his goal scoring record was as good there as it was here."

Howe added: "So hopefully he will come in and continue where he left off. He is at a good age at 24 and it is a really good deal for the football club and hopefully it is another statement of intent that this club means business.

"You cannot argue with his finishing ability and hopefully he will fit in well and like he has never been away and will become a big player for us."