Norwich City move stuns Wilbraham
Norwich City's new signing Aaron Wilbraham will relish his second crack at the Championship after completing a 'whirlwind' move from MK Dons.
The 31-year-old striker has signed on an initial loan basis which makes him eligible for tomorrow's latest league test against leaders QPR prior to completing an 18-month permanent deal for an undisclosed fee.
Wilbraham scored 57 goals in 204 appearances for Milton Keynes along with short term spells at Hull, Oldham and Bradford but spent the first five seasons of his career in the Championship with Stockport.
The Knutsford-born frontman was strongly linked with a January transfer window switch to League One rivals Peterborough and admitted the Canaries' interest came totally out of the blue.
'Obviously at 31 years of age, to get a chance to play for a massive club like this in the Championship is good for me,' he said.
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'It all came about on Monday. My agent rang me and informed me about the interest and from there it has been a bit of a whirlwind, but I'm just so happy it has been completed.
'I've been with MK since 2005. I brought my little girl up there and obviously made some great friends with all the staff and players, so it is a bit of a wrench to leave, but when you get the opportunity to come to a club like this in the Championship, you've got to take it.'
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Wilbraham scored for the Dons in last season's 1-1 league draw against Norwich and Canaries' boss Paul Lambert revealed he had been a long time admirer of the bustling striker.
'I am delighted to bring Aaron to the club,' he said. 'He is a very experienced player and we needed to bring in somebody of his kind of mould.
'I have liked the look of him every time I saw him play, and he scored against us last season. He will play alongside our other strikers here and I'm sure he will be able to pass on his experience to them as well.'
Wilbraham's first impressions of his new team mates confirmed he is joining a club on the up.
'I'm just another addition to an already strong squad and I just want to be a part of a team that is doing really well at the minute,' he told the club's official site. 'Hopefully I can add to that and help give a final push in the second half of the season. There are some great strikers here and I've obviously played against them in the past. Seeing them in training you could see they were really good players and to be part of that strike force is good for me. QPR will be a massive game for us and I'm looking forward to that and hopefully I'll be involved in some part of the game.'