Women’s professional volleyball Heungkuk Life Insurance’s 2022-2023 season power plan was completed with the retention of ‘Volleyball Empress’ Kim Yeon-kyung and the recruitment of veteran middle blocker Kim Su-ji. The intention of coach Marcello Abondanza, who is preparing for the actual V-League debut season, was greatly reflected and the desired result was obtained.
On the 19th, Heungkuk Life Insurance announced that it had signed a free agent contract with Kim Su-ji, who was a member of IBK Industrial Bank, for a total of 930 million won, including a contract period of 3 years, an annual salary of 270 million won, and an option of 40 million won. .스포츠토토
On the 16th, Kim Yeon-kyung, the best treatment in the V-League women’s division, was caught for a total of 775 million won, including an annual salary of 475 million won and an option of 300 million won, and the next day, he signed a two-year contract with Libero Do Soo-bin for an annual salary of 100 million won and an option of 30 million won. With Kim Su-ji in the middle, we have a well-structured roster for the next season’s top challenge.
Heungkuk Life Insurance caught both rabbits in box office and performance in the 2022-2023 season. Although it was classified as a mid-level power in the analysis before the opening, it showed a solid performance centered on Kim Yeon-kyung, went straight to the championship match with first place in the regular league, and was at the center of the popularity of the V-League, recording an average of 4138 spectators for home games.
However, it failed to take the point of winning the championship match. Even after winning the 1st and 2nd games against the Korea Expressway Corporation, they lost the 3rd, 4th and 5th games, becoming the victim of the first ‘reverse sweep’ in the history of the V-League.
Heungkuk Life Insurance coach Abondanza returned the break after the championship game and started preparing for the next season. Heungkuk Life Insurance responded to a strong request to retain Kim Yeon-kyung and recruit an external free agent in order to create a force capable of challenging the championship.
The recruitment of Kim Soo-ji also greatly reflected the intention of director Abondanza. Kim Yeon-kyung, who was a player on the team, contacted directly regardless of face-to-face or non-face-to-face, and in the case of Kim Su-ji, he asked the club to invest.
An official from Heungkuk Life Insurance said, “Director Abondanza kept talking about the need for reinforcement for height (middle blocker).” It was. After Kim Soo-ji’s contract was confirmed, director Abondanza was very happy.”
Head coach Abondanza is a world leader who has built a splendid career in Europe, winning the Turkiye Aroma League twice and winning the Italian Serie A Coppa Italia twice. With Kim Yeon-kyung, she won two championships at Turkiye Fenerbahce.
After obtaining FA qualification, Kim Yeon-kyung considered transferring to another club, but decided to continue with Heungkuk Life Insurance, believing in the persuasion and vision of coach Abondanza.
After successfully defending the ace, Abondanza’s next step was to recruit a veteran middle blocker to add weight to the team. Kim Su-ji, who is maintaining top-level skills in the V-League as well as experience in numerous international competitions such as the semifinals of the Tokyo Olympics, caught the eye of coach Abondanza.
An official from Heungkuk Life Insurance emphasized, “Recruitment of FA players is not a unilateral decision by the club. The contract is finalized after discussion with the manager.”
In addition, he explained the background of Kim Su-ji’s recruitment, saying, “The skills and potential of our existing middle blockers are outstanding, but they wanted a veteran player who could hold the center in a big game with experience.”