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Interest shown in Wilbraham

Aaron Wilbraham claims to have attracted interest from 'a few clubs' as he leaves Crystal Palace as a free agent.

The 34-year-old is among those to have been released by Palace at the end of their contracts, but he hopes he will not be without an employer for long.

His vast experience of life in the Football League and proven record in front of goal has already alerted a number of sides to his availability, and discussions are now due to be held with those who can offer an ambitious project.

Wilbraham said in the Croydon Advertiser: "There have been a few clubs who have been offering me deals.

"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. 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."

Wilbraham says he has known he was going to be in this position 'for the last few months' and has been assured by Tony Pulis that Palace will be doing all they can to aid his cause after two years at Selhurst Park.

He added: "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 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."