Women’s professional volleyball Heungkuk Life Insurance, which unfortunately missed the integrated championship in the previous season, is showing an aggressive move by recruiting ‘Volleyball Empress’ Kim Yeon-kyung and best friend Kim Su-ji as free agents.
Heungkuk Life Insurance signed a one-year contract with Kim Yeon-kyung on the 16th for a total compensation of 775 million won (annual salary of 475 million won, option of 300 million won).
Kim Yeon-kyung, who qualified for her first free agency in the V-League, mentioned a team that could win as her next destination, but decided to stay with Heungkuk Life Insurance, whose championship was frustrated by the unfortunate loss to Korea Expressway Corporation in the last championship match.
It is known that the persuasion of world-renowned coach Marcello Abondanza and the club’s promise of full support had a decisive influence on Kim Yeon-kyung’s stay, and with Heungkuk Life Insurance recruiting free agent Kim Su-ji, it was once again equipped with formidable power.
On the 19th, Heungkuk Life Insurance signed a three-year contract with middle blocker Kim Su-ji for a total compensation of 310 million won (annual salary of 270 million won, option of 40 million won).
Suji Kim played for Heungkuk Life Insurance for three years from 2014 to 2017 and lifted the trophy for first place in the regular league in the 2016-17 season. Kim Su-ji, who later transferred to IBK, confirmed her comeback by changing into a Heungkuk Life Insurance uniform after 6 seasons.
Heungkuk Life Insurance has considerable existing middle blocker resources, including national representative Lee Joo-ah, Kim Na-hee and Kim Chae-yeon, but with the addition of veteran Kim Su-ji, who has excellent blocking and mobile attack skills, it shows more strength in height.
In the new season, chemistry with best friend Kim Yeon-kyung is also expected.
Kim Soo-ji and Kim Yeon-kyung are close friends who went through middle school and high school together. At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, they were selected for the national team together and led the national team’s semifinal legend.
There were many times when they worked together in the national team, but this is the first time that Kim Yeon-kyung and Kim Su-ji played together on the professional stage. As a result, Heungkuk Life Insurance, where the two players will be on the court together, will be able to secure not only grades but also popularity.
In the next season, attention is focused on whether the chemistry of the two veterans, who will play on the same team and light the last flame, will lead to a sweet outcome of a combined championship. 먹튀검증