The Casademont Zaragoza announced on Tuesday that Stan Okoye will not continue in the team next season. The Nigerian had a valid contract after signing last summer for two seasons but both sides decided it was best to part ways. The striker suffered an arm injury last December for which he required surgery and which kept him out of action for the rest of the season.
“Having completed his time at the club, we at Casademont Zaragoza would like to thank the player for the commitment and dedication he has shown on and off the pitch during his time in the Aragonese capital, while We wish him good luck, both personally and in the new professional adventure he is about to embark on.“, indicates the Aragonese entity in a press release.
The sporting director, Toni Muedra, also wanted to say a few words to the player. “We want to recognize that this year, despite the unfortunate injury, he has tried every day to be very close to the team., in good times and bad, helping in his own way, and now that he is fully recovered, he is a joy to all. We would like to thank him for his professionalism, his commitment to the club and we wish him good luck in his next destination,” he said.
Stan Okoye arrived in Zaragoza in 2018 breaking into the Liga Endesa with force: best striker of the season 18-19, member of the ideal quintet with 14.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists on average. Key piece of Tecnyconta who reached the semi-finals of the Endesa League by eliminating Baskonia. This aroused the interest of several teams and the Aragonese club registered the player with the right of pre-emption. At the buzzer, he received an offer from Gran Canaria that Casademont couldn’t match. There he spent two seasons in which he had neither the importance, nor the brilliance, nor the figures of the year of his debut in Zaragoza.
Last summer, Casademont opted to return as a replacement for Brussino’s departure, also on his way to Gran Canaria, but the Aragonese team’s poor season and his arm injury prevented the Nigerian from regaining the brilliance of yesteryear at Prince Felipe either. Now, the player is not part of Toni Muedra’s plans as he continues to build the squad for the coming year. Casademont has three rookies (Lomazs, Simanic and Ponitka), one renewal (Mekowulu) and has four players with a valid contract (Yusta, Radoncic, García and Hlinason). However, Hlinason could be next to go.