Lee Johnson: Wilbraham Offered 'Fantastic Deal' at Bolton

  • August 03, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Bristol City manager Lee Johnson admits it would have been wrong for him to stand in the way of Aaron Wilbraham's move to Bolton.

Despite signing a new contract at Ashton Gate a matter of weeks ago, Wilbraham completed a move to Wanderers on Thursday for an undisclosed fee to become the club's 11th signing of the summer.

Johnson has revealed he held discussions over a coaching role with the 37-year-old but upon learning of Bolton's interest and the offer on the table, he felt the opportunity to move back to the North West was one Wilbraham just had to take.

"Aaron is joining Bolton after passing a medical," Johnson told bcfc.co.uk.

"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."

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