Girona is waiting for the first new face

Girona is waiting for the first new face

The Girona is working to debut the signings chapter. Three weeks after celebrating the promotion to the First Division, the movements in Montilivi have been very few. In fact, apart from announcing that the stands of the Gol Nord would be extended and launching the season ticket campaign for the return to the First Division, little else has been moved in Girona. David Juncà, Jairo Izquierdo, Víctor Sánchez, Nahuel Bustos, Pablo Moreno, Darío Sarmiento and, for now, Pol Lozano and Álex Baena have passed through the exit door. The high chapter, on the other hand, is yet to be released. In fact, the team resumes activity tomorrow with medical checkups to start training on Tuesday and it looks unlikely there could be any new faces. However, it should not be ruled out that there will be some very soon. Pere Pons, free after ending his contract with Alabès, would be one of the best placed players to reach Girona, who would welcome his return three years later. Pons left Girona in 2019 following the relegation to sign a three-season contract with Alabès which has now ended.

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Waiting for the first new face ANIOL RESCLOSA Toni Albir


Three weeks after celebrating the promotion to the First Division, the movements in Montilivi have been very few. In fact, apart from announcing that the stands of the Gol Nord would be extended and launching the season ticket campaign for the return to the First Division, little else has been moved in Girona. David Juncà, Jairo Izquierdo, Víctor Sánchez, Nahuel Bustos, Pablo Moreno, Darío Sarmiento and, for now, Pol Lozano and Álex Baena have passed through the exit door. The high chapter, on the other hand, is yet to be released. In fact, the team resumes activity tomorrow with medical checkups to start training on Tuesday and it looks unlikely there could be any new faces. However, it should not be ruled out that there will be some very soon. Pere Pons, free after ending his contract with Alabès, would be one of the best placed players to reach Girona, who would welcome his return three years later. Pons left Girona in 2019 following the relegation to sign a three-season contract with Alabès which has now ended.

Whether Pons arrives or not, the reality is that Girona still has zero signings. “What, who do we sign?”, “Who will come?” or “how do we have the signings?” These are some of the questions asked by Girona fans this holiday between baths and baths, whether on the beach or by the pool. The white-and-red fans are looking forward to new faces and are looking forward to the first moves in Montilivi. For now, Quique Cárcel said this week that he planned a “long” summer. In fact, if we compare it to what happened last season, one might think it’s very early. And last year (2021-22), the first signing was Aleix Garcia and did not arrive until July 23, with the preseason already in dance for a few days.

The impatience of the people to get the first signing is understandable, but it does not fit with the recent history of Girona which says that except for last year and 2018-19, usually the reinforcements have not been long in coming. In fact, in seven of the last ten seasons, the first highs came in June. In that second season in Primera (2018-19), the wait was maximum because the first face, Patrick Roberts, did not arrive until August 16, about to start the League. However, a year earlier, in mid-June (14), the club had already announced the first signing in history in the First Division, Gorka Iraizoz (Athletic Club). Also after relegation (2019-20), the club did not take long to confirm that he was recovering Jairo Izquierdo from Cadiz and that Pablo Maffeo was on loan from Stuttgart (June 19 and 20).

Before the first promotion, Quique Cárcel also used to go more for work when closing contracts. Thus, the year of the promotion (2016-17), Portu (Albacete) was official on June 21. The previous year (2015-16), Rubén Alcaraz (Hospitalet) was announced on June 17 as well. Also in June were the signings of Jaime Mata from Lleida (2014-15) on the 18th, Jordi Matamala from Recreativo de Huelva (2013-14) on the 29th and Isaac Becerra from Madrid Castilla (12-13) on the 29th .

The 2020-21 season was special because it came from the pandemic. However, Girona did not take long to move. Only four days after (August 27) losing the final of the promotion play-off in Montilivi against Elche (0-1), the club announced the arrival of Enric Franquesa on loan from Villarreal, after of having made a remarkable year in the Mirandés.

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