Depending on where Kim Yeon-kyung goes, the destination of other players is also affected.
- on Apr 14, 2023
Free agent (FA) mayor Kim Yeon-kyung (35)’s concerns are growing. Depending on the destination of Kim Yeon-kyung, the tallest player, the actions of other free agents may also be affected.
According to the volleyball world on the 13th, Kim Yeon-kyung is contemplating between Heungkuk Life Insurance, which belongs to the original, and Hyundai Engineering & Construction, which strongly wants him. It is a popular opinion in the volleyball world that other teams also sent offers to him.
Kim Yeon-kyung, who said “I want a team that can win” at the regular league awards ceremony, is receiving a strong love call from Hyundai E&C as is already known. The two sides also met on the 13th, but it is known that a conclusion has not yet been reached.
There are scenarios that remain in the current team Heungkuk Life Insurance. Heungkuk Life coach Marcello Abondanza, who had a relationship since the days of Turkiye Fenerbahce, also strongly requested that Kim Yeon-kyung remain at the club. Head coach Abondanza met with Kim Yeon-kyung on the 12th and talked about staying with the team, explaining in detail the club’s plan for the future along with the recruitment of the desired player.
The variable is the salary cap. The total compensation for the women’s division in the 2023-24 season is 2.8 billion won (salary cap 1.9 billion, option cap 600 million, winning bonus 300 million won), slightly higher than before.
In order to take Kim Yeon-kyung, who rose to the ‘salary queen’ in the 2022-23 season (total compensation of 700 million won, annual salary of 450 million won, option of 250 million won), it is essential to reduce the size of the club, that is, organize the squad. Commonly speaking, it is only when a decision has been made on the transfer or retention of a ‘large’ player that each team can devise a plan and strategy appropriate to it within the budget set.
Accordingly, depending on where Kim Yeon-kyung’s destination is decided, it is expected that the other clubs’ strategies for recruiting free agents will also change.
Furthermore, unlike last season, when only one player was moved (Korea Highway Corporation → Pepper Savings Bank), it is expected that multiple players will change their uniforms in this FA market.
In addition to Pepper Savings Bank, IBK Industrial Bank of Korea and GS Caltex also actively jumped into recruiting players, and the battle between clubs is fierce.
In particular, outside hitter Park Jung-ah, who led Korea Expressway Corporation to the championship, is at the upper limit. When Park Jung-ah returns to Korea on the 14th after completing her trip to Taiwan, there is a possibility that a full-fledged competition to take her will unfold. It is known that he receives love calls from at least 4 teams as well as road construction for his original club.
In addition to these, Hwang Min-gyeong (Hyundai E&C), Yum Hye-seon (KGC Ginseng Corporation), Kim Su-ji (IBK Industrial Bank of Korea), and Jeon Sae-yan (Highway Corporation) are also interested in which team they can sign with.
Meanwhile, the V-League Women’s Division operates a ‘FA rating system’ that differs in compensation based on last season’s annual salary. A group with an annual salary of 100 million won or more, B group with an annual salary between 50 million won and 100 million won, and C group with an annual salary of less than 50 million won.
A club that recruits a Group A player can compensate the original team for 200% of the player’s previous season’s annual salary, excluding 6 protected players, including FA recruits, or 300% of the annual salary. When recruiting Group B and Group C free agents, you only need to pay compensation. Group B players must compensate 300% of the previous season’s annual salary, and in order to bring C group players, 150% of the previous season’s annual salary must be compensated to the original club.
Among the free agency candidates, 15 are grade A, excluding Hwang Yeon-joo, Jeong Si-young (above Hyundai Engineering & Construction),안전놀이터 Jeong Dae-young (highway construction), Chae Seon-ah (KGC Ginseng Corporation), and Do Soo-bin (Heungkuk Life Insurance).
Many fans are paying attention to what kind of choice Kim Yeon-kyung will make in the all-time free agent market.