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Brett Pitman attitude and impact hailed inside Bournemouth

Bournemouth U18 coach Alan Connell is delighted with the attitude of Brett Pitman.

The former Cherries striker is tied to Luton Town, but has been granted permission to return to Dean Court to train.

The 32-year-old initially linked up with the under-21s but asked to join in with Connell's squad as Shaun Cooper's group were given some time off during the week.

Connell told afcb.co.uk: “With the under-21s following a similar schedule to the first team, they had a few days off and Brett wanted to keep himself fit and carry on training.

“His attitude and professionalism were first class and he was really helpful. He certainly made my job a lot easier and it was great for the lads to have him in the group for a couple of days.

“He's a club legend, he's had a great career and still has a lot to offer. Our young players will have benefited enormously from training with someone with his experience and quality.

“He didn't have to come with us but he did because he wanted to and he wants to keep himself fit. It was a great example for the boys to see that from an experienced professional.

“Most of the lads knew who he was, particularly the local boys and I made them all aware of what he did for this club. A large part of where this club is today is down to Brett's exploits and it was a great lesson and learning experience for them to be around him."

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