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Wilbraham departs for Bolton

Aaron Wilbraham has joined Bolton Wanderers for an undisclosed fee.

The 37-year-old’s three-season stay at the club has come to an end, just weeks after the striker put pen to paper on a new one-year deal at Ashton Gate.

Head coach Lee Johnson says it would have been wrong of the club to stand in his way.

He told bcfc.co.uk: “Aaron is joining Bolton after passing a medical.

“It’s difficult because we didn’t want to lose Aaron but it’s a fantastic deal that he has been offered by Bolton.

“He’s been away from his family when he’s lived in Bristol and this now gives him a chance to be back with his wife and daughter.

“It also gives him the opportunity to kick on with the playing side of his game, which he really wants.

“Obviously for us, we were talking about Aaron with non-playing responsibilities. Every player wants to play as high as he can and for as long as possible.

“With the deal that is on offer from Bolton, the playing opportunities and the fact he can get home to his family, it was very difficult to stop him taking that and standing in his way.

“He moves on with our best wishes and we thank him for everything he did for this football club.”

Wilbraham arrived at Ashton Gate in 2014 with four promotions already in his locker and added a fifth in his first season in BS3.

The forward bagged a career best 21 goals to top score for City as they landed an unprecedented double: the Sky Bet League One title and Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Wembley.

Wilbraham scored eight times in 46 appearances back in the Championship during the following campaign, and still appeared 36 times last season, scoring five more crucial goals.

The Knutsford-born striker penned his new deal at Ashton Gate, which included non-playing responsibilities, admitting he was unlikely to feature as often on the pitch.

Now he can for newly-promoted Bolton after signing terms at the Macron Stadium.

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