Striker Aaron Wilbraham has spoken for the first time about his exit from Norwich City – and insists there are no hard feelings about being offloaded at the end of last season.

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The 32-year-old has signed a two-year deal with Crystal Palace following his release from Carrow Road.

Wilbraham made a total of 28 first team appearances for the Canaries, 11 of them in the Premier League last season, scoring twice.

Former manager Paul Lambert rejected loan inquiries from other clubs for Wilbraham, who was at least on the bench for every first team game except one from mid-October onwards. He scored his 100th career goal in the 2-1 defeat at Fulham in March.

“When you hear the word released it sounds bad – but it didn’t feel like that,” said Wilbraham. “I was involved all season and I really enjoyed it. What the team did was a great achievement.

“I started against Tottenham and Manchester City and played well in those games. I did quite well in all the ones that I came on in.

“When I went into the Premier League I was on 99 career goals and I got my 100th at Fulham – as a kid you dream of scoring at that level – so that was the highlight for me.”

Wilbraham told South London Press that Lambert had treated him fairly.

“Paul Lambert had a chat with me towards the end of the season and said that if he brought in more strikers then I might not find there is the chance to come on and play as much,” he said.

“He said he’d love to offer me something but that he didn’t want to put me in that position – that it wasn’t fair after what I had done for him and the club.

“Paul said that not playing much would not be good for my career.

“He was honest – that is all you can ask for.”

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8 comments

  • Nice to see some professionals still around - wish you best Aaron

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    Singapore Canary

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

  • Leicester away we absolutely mullered them and AW had one of the finest games I've seen a striker play in a yellow shirt. If Palace can tame Chris Martin oh and give us a few quid for him they would have a very very good pair of Championship strikers. Best of Luck Wilbrahimovic

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    Cannock Canary

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

  • Good luck at Crystal Palace Aaron, I hope you do well there.

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    bogbog

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

  • What a great professional - wish him all the very best - good luck to you Wilby !

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

  • I really do wish Aaron the very best at Crystal Palace. He's a fine honest footballer and has been a credit to NCFC. I hope he does well with his new club. OTBAW!!!

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    Canarygirl

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

  • Good assessment, Cannock Canary. Those two could score a hat-full of goals between them in the Championship. I`d rather hoped we`d keep Aaron for a bit longer, he looked a class act when given the opportunity. Also, was hoping that Chris Martin`s progress at NCFC might be re-booted by playing regularly at Palace on loan. Ref. "being honest" and "bringing in new strikers", PL is no longer here (and almost certainly already knew he wouldn`t be) and so far all we hear are the rumours of JV being loaned out and CM being sold. There`d be plenty of room for Wilby then? Good luck AW. Get a promotion with CPalace!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

  • I was impressed when I read this interview last week. Wilbraham has been a great squad member, always patient and prepared. He not only impressed in many of his substitute appearances but also looked completely at home when starting at Spurs. He deserves to have another chance at regular first team football and I wish him well at Palace.

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    Robin Hood

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

  • Good luck at Crystal Palace Aaron, I hope you do well there.

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    bogbog

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

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