Pitman has two goals in his sights

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The 17-year-old former Junior Island striker is getting games with first, second and under-18s this season and his priority is to get a full-time contract for the start of next season.

Pitman said: ‘To get a contract and score ten goals for the Reserve-team are my targets this season.

I’ve managed two for the first team and one for the Reserves together with others for the U18s.

‘I’m a little down on last season but I believe I’ve progressed as a player.

The Reserves have only played four games while I’ve also spent a lot of time with the first team.

‘I scored 37 goals last season and to reach that mark now is going to be extremely difficult.

The youth team is younger this season while I’ve been with the first team 13 times and come off the substitutes’ bench to play six times.

‘I’ve not been involved as much in the past few games because injured players have been returning.

I was in the 19-man squad for last Saturday’s home Division I game against Nottingham Forest but unfortunately I didn’t make the final 16.

‘It’s frustrating being in and out but I know if I bide my time opportunities will come.

If I do things well I will get noticed.

I’m really enjoying it here and I know other chances will come round.

‘When they do it will then be up to me to take them.

My priority is the U18s and we are unbeaten in our last five games.

‘There are many new faces this season and those that came in did not know what to expect.

They’ve settled now and we are playing well as a team.’ Bournemouth U18s are through to the second round of the FA Youth Cup following a 2-0 win against Tiverton Town last week.

Pitman was the architect of Bournemouth’s opening goal before he added the second.

Bournemouth’s website stated Pitman did well to stay on his feet under a challenge to leave him one-on-one with the goalkeeper.

He then rounded his marker to tap the ball home to secure an away tie in the next round.

Pitman, formerly with the Lloyds TSB School of Excellence, added: ‘Being the youngest player in the first team squad has been really enjoyable.

I’ve had a lot of stick as well but I don’t mind it because the banter is all good fun.

‘Coming on in games has been really enjoyable although on the first couple of occasions I think I tried too hard.

Playing with top class players is good too because when you make a run they see you doing it and they deliver the ball.

‘Manager Sean O’Driscoll has impressed me too.

Training is first class and for matches he provides a lot of analysis of our opponents.

The boss is also a great tactician and when he makes substitutions nine times out of ten things seem to go right for him.’ Joe Roach, head of youth, said: ‘Brett is progressing.

He was thrown in with the first team for a lot of games recently and he has coped with it well.

‘He has not looked out of place and scoring a couple of goals as well can only be good for his confidence.

‘Yes it is a difficult time for him with the first team and U18s and we’ve spoken about it.

It’s a pathway many players have taken previously and he understands it.’

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