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Bristol City sign Brett Pitman from Bournemouth

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Pitman looking to emulate Maynard

Bristol City have signed Bournemouth striker Brett Pitman on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The clubs agreed to the move on Saturday and the 22-year-old has since agreed personal terms.

"I want to challenge myself at a higher level and that's what I've come here to do," Pitman told BBC Points West.

The Jersey-born striker, who had been at the Cherries for six years, snubbed Premier League newcomers Blackpool last week after a bid for him was accepted.

"Both the gaffer [Keith Millen] and Steve Wigley are very good coaches, I'm led to believe," said Pitman.

"They can help me improve even more than I managed to do at Bournemouth."

He's done fantastically well. I always thought he was a good player at Crewe

Brett Pitman on Nicky Maynard

Pitman hopes to follow in the footsteps of Nicky Maynard who stepped up from League One to be the club's top marksman last season.

"He's done fantastically well. I always thought he was a good player at Crewe," he added.

"It's a shame he's got an injury but I'm sure when he comes back he'll do fantastically well again and I'd love to match him."

Pitman came up through Bournemouth's ranks and scored 28 goals last season as they won promotion from League Two.

He scored 62 goals in 197 first-team appearances since making his Bournemouth debut as a teenager in 2005.

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He will link up at Ashton Gate with his former Cherries strike partner Sam Vokes, who is on loan at City from Wolves for the first half of the season, although Vokes is currently sidelined by injury.

He also joins fellow striker Jon Stead, who passed a medical on Monday after City agreed a deal for his services with Ipswich Town.



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