FOR­GOT­TEN MAN WIL BAT­TLE ON

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By SEAN RAFTER

NOR­WICH striker Aaron Wil­bra­ham has re­vealed he turned down sev­eral loan of­fers through­out the sea­son to stay and fight for a first-team place at Car­row Road.

The 32-year-old has strug­gled to break into Paul Lam­bert’s side due to the form of fel­low front-men Simeon Jack­son, Steve Mori­son and Grant Holt.

But the for­mer MK Dons for­ward, who scored his first goal of the sea­son in Satur­day’s 2-1 de­feat at Ful­ham, is adamant he re­mains a vi­tal part of the Ca­naries first-team squad.

“I’ve al­ways felt part of the team,” he said.

“I’ve never felt I’m not in­volved and that’s one thing the man­ager is good at. He keeps ev­ery­one in­volved and no one feels out of it.”

Wil­bra­ham also ad­mit­ted he wasn’t the only player given the chance to leave Nor­folk in search of reg­u­lar foot­ball but the whole squad wants to re­main part of the feel-good fac­tor at Nor­wich.

Spe­cial

He said: “There has been of­fers from teams through­out the sea­son for a few other play­ers as well, but you want to stay in the Premier League and you want to do well.

“Ev­ery­one is dis­ap­pointed when they don’t play but we all stick to­gether and that is some­thing spe­cial that we’ve got here.

“Ev­ery­one who doesn’t play is al­ways wish­ing the lads who are start­ing well. I think we’ve got a real to­geth­er­ness at the club.”

Nor­wich boss Lam­bert has proved very adept at ro­tat­ing his squad, with 25 play­ers used so far this sea­son.

And Wil­bra­ham is pre­pared to wait for his op­por­tu­ni­ties af­ter break­ing his Premier League duck at Craven Cot­tage.

“Squad ro­ta­tion what the man­ager good at,” he said.

“It’s not just me who has to wait. There’s a whole load of play­ers in the squad who miss out and who don’t even get on the bench.

“Ob­vi­ously it’s what you want to do, you want to score goals as a striker, but it doesn’t make me a Premier League striker be­cause I have only scored one goal.

“I’ll just keep wait­ing for my chance and when I get it I’ll do my best.” is is

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