Wilbraham to add a 'physical presence' to attack
AARON Wilbraham will add a "physical presence" to the Eagles attack, according to Dougie Freedman.
The 32-year-old joined the Eagles on Wednesday on a free transfer, signing a two-year contract after his 18-month spell with Norwich City recently came to an end.
His arrival at Selhurst Park has been the subject of much speculation over the summer, but Palace have now landed their man, who brings with him experience of playing at the top level, having scored in all four tiers of the Football League.
And Freedman said the former MK Dons striker, who scored two goals in 28 appearances for the Canaries, will be a valuable addition to the squad at Selhurst Park.
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He said: "He is somebody that we really like.
"I feel he could add a physical presence [up front], which maybe we didn't have enough of [last year]."
Freedman added that the experienced Knutsford-born frontman, who has also played for Stockport County, Oldham Athletic, Bradford City and Hull City, would also play an important role in helping the younger players at the club progress.
He said: "We have got some good young players coming through and some good young players with mobility.
"I just feel that [Aaron] will add a bit of strength in that area."
Wilbraham, who has scored 100 career league goals, becomes the third arrival at Palace this summer, following on from defenders Joel Ward and loanee Aaron Martin, who joined from Portsmouth and Southampton respectively.