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Crystal Palace: Aaron Wilbraham thanks Tony Pulis after leaving the club

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AARON WILBRAHAM has revealed he has known about his departure from Palace "for the last few months" after it was announced on Wednesday he was being released by the Eagles.

The 34-year-old is on the lookout for a new club together with Jonathan Parr, Danny Gabbidon and Dean Moxey. who were also released.

However, Wilbraham says boss Tony Pulis is helping him find new employers ahead of pre-season in July, and the striker has thanked the manager for keeping him involved "until the end".

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

"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."

Along with Pulis, Wilbraham's agent is also busy trying to secure a contract for his client, and the veteran has hinted he would like to join a club who are likely to be in the hunt for promotion.

"There have been a few clubs who have been offering me deals," he said. "It's all right them speaking about it and showing interest but until a contract is down on the table, I don't usually take any notice of it.

"My agent is speaking to people at the moment and he seems quite positive.

"It's just what's best for me and my family really. I am getting to that age now where I want to be settled with my family, so it's looking for the best options for me.

"I just want to play football and be involved in maybe another promotion push if I can. I have been involved in two promotions to the Premier League in the last four years."

Crystal Palace: Aaron Wilbraham thanks Tony Pulis after leaving the club


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