Bilbao Athletic manager Gaizka Garitano is still at work preparing his squad for the upcoming season. So far a handful of players have left on loan, including Jon Agirrezabala and Asier Parra, but the new coach is still not finished. When the week began he still had six strikers in the team which was not going to work. Not only would there not be enough minutes to go around, the lack of playing time would stunt the growth of players as well. That has now been changed.
On Thursday Athletic Club officially announced that they had reached a mutual agreement with Iker Hernandez to terminate his contract, making him free to sign anywhere that he wanted. Only a few minutes later Burgos announced that the 23-year-old was their newest player.
Hernandez grew up at Real Sociedad’s academy and was a standout player. At one point he was the star striker for their reserve team and was even able to make his first team debut. However, growing competition in the team began to hurt his development. In 2015 he was loaned to Barakaldo where he scored 5 goals in 35 matches. After seeing his contract with Real Sociedad run out at the end of that loan spell, he decided to sign with Bilbao Athletic.
Signing Iker Hernandez was seen as a good move for Bilbao Athletic. It would give the Katxorros a proven Segunda B striker and someone who was familiar with the league. Sadly, the 23-year-old only managed to compete in 15 games and did not score a single goal. With players like Inigo Vicente, Asier Benito, and Gorka Guruzeta in front of him in the pecking order this season it was clear that Hernandez’s time in Bilbao had come to an end. By joining Burgos he will get the chance to play regularly as he attempts to revitalize his football career.