Can the destination of ‘Volleyball Empress’ Kim Yeon-kyung (35) change? Kim Yeon-kyung, who is negotiating free agents, is contemplating whether to remain in Heungkuk Life.
An official from the volleyball world said, “Kim Yeon-kyung had negotiations with Heungkuk Life Insurance. The possibility of remaining was not high, but the situation may change.” Heungkuk Life Insurance did not make progress in negotiations with Kim Yeon-kyung until the championship match. It was also lagging behind in the recruitment competition with other clubs.
However, Heungkuk Life Insurance coach Marcello Abondanza personally met with Kim Yeon-kyung and tried to persuade him. He recruited the coaching staff he had worked with at Fenerbahce in Turkey, recruited players who could upgrade his power, and presented a blueprint for the championship Kim Yeon-kyung wanted.
Kim Yeon-kyung, who initially considered retirement, seemed likely to go to Hyundai E&C after the FA announcement. Hyundai E&C was unable to play the championship even after coming in first place due to the suspension of the season due to Corona 19 in the 2020-21 season. Last season, it also ran in first place, but ended up in second place due to foreign player Yasmin Bedart getting injured, and in the playoffs, it knelt down to third place road construction. Hyundai E&C was calculating to challenge for the championship by recruiting Kim Yeon-kyung. 안전놀이터
From Kim Yeon-kyung’s point of view, Hyundai E&C is also a good option. The existing team is solid, and if Kim Yeon-kyung joins, they can build up the power to challenge for the championship. However, due to the salary cap limit, it was difficult to give the best treatment (total compensation of 775 million won), and I was worried about the negative view of ‘pay cut’.
However, if you stay with Heungkuk Life Insurance, that problem will disappear. There is no command tower that understands Kim Yeon-kyung as well as Abondanza coach, and Kim Yeon-kyung also has a high understanding of Avondanza’s tactics. Even after her retirement, it is easy to continue her career as a franchise star for Heungkuk Life Insurance. He is also considering his relationship with the squad, including head coach Abondanza.
Kim Yeon-kyung’s final choice seems to be made quickly. Depending on Kim Yeon-kyung’s decision, the direction of Heungkuk Life Insurance and Hyundai E&C will also change. The women’s volleyball FA market is experiencing bigger waves than ever before.