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The 29-year-old attacker was a popular figure at former club Grimsby Town, where Mariners fans took a liking to Pittman’s all action style of play. Now in the prime of his career, the Oklahoma-born forward insists there is more to his game and is confident of making an impact with his new team.
He said: “I’ve always brought pace and power, I’m an explosive player, but now I’ve got a little bit more experience, I’ve added a few more facets to my game. My positional play is a lot better now, so I can create space for other players to go and do what they do".
“My target this year is to play as many games as possible. I know when I’m at it, when I’m fit and playing then the goals will come, the assists will come and hopefully the victories will come"
Pittman began his career at Aston Villa’s youth academy, but it was at Wycombe Wanderers where the striker achieved the first of four career promotions. Jon-Paul made 82 appearances for Wanderers under the management of Peter Taylor, winning promotion in two of his three seasons with The Chairboys. The trend continued for Pittman when a loan move to Crawley Town helped the club rise into League One, and more recently with Grimsby Town.
The frontman featured as The Mariners ended a six-year absence from the Football League with a 3-1 win over Forest Green at Wembley; and clearly knows what it takes to rise up the leagues.
“I loved every minute at Grimsby; I had some ups and downs from losing a play-off final to winning a play-off final and scoring some memorable goals. It was two seasons that I’m fond of, but that chapter has ended now and I’m looking forward to making some happy memories up here with my family around Harrogate"
“All of those teams were very different and played in different ways, but the one thing that makes you a winner is that consistency; week in, week out doing the right things.
“If you do the right things repeatedly then you’re going to get good results.”
The consistency Pittman speaks of starts in pre-season and with a gruelling schedule to come before Town supporters get to see JP pull on the yellow and black jersey the striker insists this is a good time to be at the club.
He said: “I’ve enjoyed every minute so far! It’s a good time of year, you haven’t seen a football probably for a couple of months and your fitness has lacked a little bit, so it’s good to get back to doing what you’ve always done. There’s a real buzz around the place with the new pitch, and we are all raring to go".