Speaking in the Bournemouth Evening Echo, manager Kevin Bond, is quoted as saying: "He's certainly going to be given the opportunity this year and he needs to take it. He's now played in something like 100 matches for the first team and I'm looking for him to make his mark now. I'd like him to make a big impression if he can this season".
As for Pitman himself, he is quoted as saying: "I was delighted to stay and hopefully I'll do well next season. I want to start more games this season. Last season, especially towards the back end, I thought I did well when I was on the pitch. Hopefully the team will do well from the start this season".