Zak Whitbread and Aaron Wilbraham released by Norwich City

The defender and striker, who made just 29 appearances in total for the club this season, have failed to earn new contracts and will now be searching for pastures new

Zak Whitbread and Aaron Wilbraham have been released by Norwich City.

Both players had limited opportunities in the Premier League this season with Whitbread playing in 18 games and Wilbraham only 11.

The American joined the Canaries in January 2010 and made a total of 48 appearances for the East Anglian club whilst the former MK Dons striker played just 28 times since he joined in January 2011.

Manager Paul Lambert admits it was hard to let the pair leave and was quick to praise their efforts for the Canaries.

He told the club's official website: "I've got nothing but praise for both of the lads, they've been brilliant for the Club and it was a difficult decision to make.

"You can't underestimate that they were a big part of what has happened here and people shouldn't forget what they've done and given for this Club.

"But that's my job as Manager of this football Club, sometimes these decisions have to be made and I wish them the best of luck for the future."

Youngsters Michael Bell, Richard Brindley and Josh Dawkin have also left the club.