The ‘big hand’ to grab both box office and performance, the women’s volleyball FA market is excited
The professional volleyball free agent (FA) market is heating up. ‘Volleyball Empress’ Kim Yeon-kyung (35) extends her active career and jumps into the FA market.
After winning MVP at the regular league awards ceremony held on the 10th, Kim Yeon-kyung showed her will to extend her active life and also revealed her thoughts on her first free agency.
In the meantime, Kim Yeon-kyung’s future has been the biggest concern in the volleyball world. This is because Kim Yeon-kyung did not deny the rumor of retirement during the season and hinted at the possibility. However, after the championship match, he revealed his intention to extend his active career.
Kim Yeon-kyung debuted in the 2005-2006 season and has always played for one team. He even left Korea for a while to advance to overseas leagues such as Turkey and China, but Kim Yeon-kyung’s V-League team was always Heungkuk Life Insurance.
He has a way to go abroad again, but Kim Yeon-kyung said, “I’m satisfied now, and I don’t have much left to be with the fans, so I just want to finish it well.” He said he would stay in Korea.
Kim Yeon-kyung also talked about the specific conditions of the team he wanted. After finishing runner-up in the championship match, he said, “I felt once again how big my heart is for the combined championship,” and said he wanted to play in a team that could challenge for the championship.
As Kim Yeon-kyung expressed his thoughts on his free agency along with his stay in Korea, a full-fledged free agent recruiting battle is now unfolding.
Kim Yeon-kyung’s annual salary for the 2022-2023 season is 700 million won (annual salary of 450 million won, option of 250 million won). As the highest paid female volleyball player, it is not easy to recruit teams with limited salary caps. Kim Yeon-kyung said, “It is possible as long as you have the power to win even by lowering the conditions,” but “There are negative views about receiving a lower salary, so personally, if it is something I can endure, it will be okay, but there are also negative views I don’t know,” he said.
Until the start of the 2022-2023 season, Heungkuk Life Insurance, which was 6th in the previous season, was not a team classified as a championship. However, as Kim Yeon-kyung joined, the team’s power soared to the top at once, and eventually took first place in the regular league. 토토사이트
Kim Yeon-kyung proved her unchanging skills by scoring 669 points (5th overall), the most among domestic players in her regular league, and ranking first with an attack success rate of 45.76%.
Moreover, Kim Yeon-kyung is a mental support that can surely hold the center of the team. Even when Heungkuk Life Insurance was shaken by the resignation of the manager and general manager during the season, Kim Yeon-kyung kept the center and led the team.
After Kim Yeon-kyung joined the V-League, Incheon Samsan World Gymnasium, the home stadium of Heungkuk Life Insurance, was crowded with fans every game. The average number of spectators at home this season was 4,539, far exceeding the average spectators of the women’s division of 2,500.
The team that takes Kim Yeon-kyung can also enjoy this fandom effect. As Kim Yeon-kyung, who can catch both performance and box office success, announces her official FA move, the recruitment battle is expected to heat up in earnest.