Brett Pitman completes permanent move to Cherries
Brett Pitman has completed a permanent move from Bristol City to AFC Bournemouth.
Unable to break into City's Championship side this season and considered surplus to requirements at Ashton Gate, the striker joined the Cherries on loan on November 20.
Having made six appearances and scored three goals for the League One club, the Channel Islander has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract.
The two clubs agreed an undisclosed six-figure fee, but The Post understands City have recouped a significant proportion of the £600,000 they paid Bournemouth for Pitman's services back in August 2010.
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Robins manager Derek McInnes said: "He's gone to a club he knows well and is enjoying regular match action – which is what he wants. We wish Brett well for the future."
Signed by former City boss Keith Millen, Pitman scored 20 goals in two seasons, but made more substitute appearances than he did starts and fell out of favour with McInnes, who privately held concerns over the forward's work-rate.
The arrival of Sam Baldock and Steven Davies forced Pitman further down the pecking order last summer and he made just four appearances this season, the last as a substitute in the 3-2 defeat at Bolton Wanderers in October.
Having spent six years previously as a professional at Dean Court, where he began life as a trainee, Pitman is now back with the Cherries and former manager Eddie Howe until 2016.