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City wait on Wilbraham’s decision

Lee Johnson says he would accept Aaron Wilbraham with “open arms” should the veteran striker commit his future to the club.

The 37-year-old has been offered a new deal to extend his 20-year playing career that includes additional non-playing responsibilities.

Speaking in the wake of the new fixture release, City’s head coach was quick to offer BCTV an update on the club captain’s movements, who featured 36 times in all competitions last season.

“I have been in contact with Aaron on a regular basis,” Johnson said. “It’s difficult because I don’t deal with that element of it here.

“I think Aaron is a fantastic guy and he is definitely a personality we would like to keep around the club if he felt it was right for him and his family, not just for the short-term but the long-term.

“But he has options as well. Only he can decide where his future lies, but we will accept him with open arms if he decides to accept the offer.”

Wilbraham joined City from Crystal Palace in 2014 and was part of the double-winning season, top scoring with 21 goals. In total, he has made 126 appearances for the club, scoring 34 times.