The women’s professional volleyball 2023 free agent (FA) market has come to an end. Unlike the men’s division, where there was only one external FA transfer student, Na Gyeong-bok (KB Insurance), the women’s division was hotter than ever with active transfers of key players from each team.
The destination of Kim Yeon-kyung, the “Volleyball Empress” who drew the most attention, was her original team, Heungkuk Life Insurance.
Kim Yeon-kyung, who mentioned a team that could win the championship as her next destination, remained with her Heungkuk Life Insurance thanks to the persuasion of world-renowned coach Marcello Abondanza and the club’s promise of full support. Heungkuk Life Insurance, which succeeded in retaining Kim Yeon-kyung, upgraded her power by recruiting former national middle blocker Kim Su-ji from IBK Industrial Bank.
On the other hand, Korea Expressway Corporation, which won the championship by defeating Heungkuk Life Insurance last season, succeeded in catching internal FA resources Bae Yu-na, Jeon Sae-yan, and Moon Jeong-won, but ace Park Jung-ah and veteran middle blocker Jeong Dae-young left for Pepper Savings Bank and GS Caltex, respectively. power loss was unavoidable.
Hyundai E&C, which showed off its formidable power by winning 15 consecutive wins in the opening season last season, also left a sense of regret when outside hitter Hwang Min-kyung left for IBK Industrial Bank.
Initially, Hyundai Engineering & Construction was said to have put in efforts to recruit Kim Yeon-kyung, but failed. Missing Hwang Min-gyeong, who played for Hyundai E&C for six seasons and also played an active role as a captain, came to accept the disappointing results in the FA market.
As a result, as the power of Korea Expressway Corporation and Hyundai E&C, which formed the top 3 last season, weakened, only Heungkuk Life Insurance smiled.
IBK Industrial Bank missed Kim Su-ji, but Hyundai Engineering & Construction brought in Hwang Min-kyung to avoid the worst. In addition, she was equipped with a not bad power by naming Thai national setter Phonpun Gedpard as the first pick in the women’s professional volleyball Asian Quarter Draft. 스포츠토토
GS Caltex, which recruited veteran middle blocker Jeong Dae-young, also succeeded in reinforcing its weakness, height, and achieved a fruitful reinforcement of power.
The team that made the most notable progress was the youngest team, Pepper Savings Bank, which finished at the bottom for two consecutive seasons.
Pepper Savings Bank recruited Korea Expressway Corporation’s winning player and current national ace, Park Jeong-ah, for an annual salary of 775 million won (annual salary of 475 million won, option of 300 million won) and a total of 2.325 billion won over three years.
The total annual compensation received after signing the FA contract is the same as Kim Yeon-kyung, who signed a free agent retention contract with Heungkuk Life Insurance, which means that Pepper Savings Bank’s expectations for Park Jung-ah are that high.
In addition, Pepper Savings Bank recruited KGC Ginseng Corporation’s outside heater Chae Seon-ah for up to 300 million won over three years. On top of that, they are raising hopes of becoming the last place in the next season by catching inside free agent outside heater Lee Han-bi (up to 1.06 billion won in 3 years) and libero Oh Ji-young (total amount of 1 billion won in 3 years).