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Wilbraham not shocked at release

June 4 2014

Aaron Wilbraham (Photo: Andy Roberts)

Aaron Wilbraham (Photo: Andy Roberts)

Aaron Wilbraham admits he wasn't surprised to be let go by Crystal Palace.

Wilbraham, 34, was deemed surplus to requirements as manager Tony Pulis begins to shape his squad for next season.

The forward scored just twice since joining from Norwich two years ago but has been an important squad player.

"I have known I was leaving for the last few months, but the gaffer has been really good with me," Wilbraham told the Advertiser.

"Obviously I didn't play a lot last season and I knew I was down the pecking order a bit, and when you're in that position you don't expect to be given a new contract if you're not playing week in, week out.

"The manager has thanked me for being around the place and he says he's going to help me all he can with other clubs.

"He has told me there have been a lot of clubs ringing up about me and he's going to put in positive words.

"I have been around football long enough. I'm 35 this year but the gaffer has been really good about it. He kept me part of the squad until the end and I've really enjoyed my time at Palace.

"Being involved in the play-offs last season and helping the club get into the Premier League, I've enjoyed being around the place."

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