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Wilbraham Makes Eagles Move

4 July 2012

Wilbraham signs a two year contract.

Crystal Palace Football Club are delighted to announce the signing of a two year contract for striker Aaron Wilbraham on a free transfer. 

The 32-year- old striker was released by Premier League club Norwich City at the end of last season after an 18 month association at Carrow Road and becomes the club's third signing of the summer so far, joining Joel Ward and loanee Aaron Martin at Selhurst Park. The player's vast experience of the Football League and neat build-up play will be a valuable addition to the squad, helping younger players of the squad develop on and off the pitch.

Palace manager Dougie Freedman said: "Aaron is a player who brings with him experience of playing at the top level and one I am hugely looking forward to working with.

"I'm confident he will greatly improve the side and will be valuable in helping our younger squad members improve their own game as time goes on.
"This is another example of us adding to our squad and we are continuing to work hard to bring in the right type of player and character that will help us continue the progression of this club."

The Knutsford-born forward is a popular figure at all his former clubs, most notably at MK Dons, whom he helped lift both the Football League Trophy and the League Two title in the 2007/08 season, scoring seven goals in the last 11 games. When he left for Norwich in 2011, Aaron was just four goals short of the all-time goal-scoring record at Stadium:MK. 

Wilbraham would then play a part in the Canaries promotion to the Premier League in 2010/11, making 12 appearances and scoring his first goal in a 3-2 win over Leicester City before a back injury meant he missed the end of the season.

He lost his place in the side to new signing Steve Morison, but stormed back with a number of impressive cameos during the season run-in. The consolation goal against Fulham in the Canaries 2-1 loss was his 100th career league goal, putting him in a list of players including team mate Grant Holt, Glyn Hodges and Dean Windass to have scored in all four tiers of the Football League.

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