Portsmouth striker Brett Pitman has revealed he’s never thought about leaving the club, not in the January window and certainly not this coming summer.
The striker has been in and out of Kenny Jackett’s side this campaign, dropped in favour of Oliver Hawkins and eventually finding a role deeper in the attacking line up for Pompey.
It led to speculation on the terraces that he might be looking to leave the club, but as he revealed to Portsmouth.co.uk, that isn’t the case and it never has been.
“I worked hard getting to Portsmouth and took a pay cut to come here,” said the 31-year-old.
“I came to Portsmouth because I thought I could achieve promotion and I still do think we can. It is a big club with big fans and obviously I want to stay here past next season and years after that. We’ll see what happens.”
Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett recently claimed that Pitman bouncing back was the result of having a point to prove, something last season’s leading scorer certainly seems to have done.
Jackett told Portsmouth.co.uk; “I certainly hope he had a point to prove – and he has bounced back well.”
“There’s obviously a cycle to it and hopefully Brett’s on an upward curve now. That will be great if that’s the case – we can get him assisting, working hard for the team and then scoring goals.”
Pitman has scored eight goals this season, taking his total to 29 League One strikes in 43 starts for the club.
Kenny Jackett is being very harsh, Brett Pitman proved himself last season with his phenomenal strike rate that elevated his side to the fringes of the play-off race.
He’s been unlucky this season, but has shown a great attitude and is surely a fan favourite, if not one of Jackett’s trusted lieutenants.