I’m in long-term rehabilitation, but I signed a 350 million free agent contract… Dynasty Ace, will IBK repay the trust?

IBK Industrial Bank reached out to the contract in a situation where he was undergoing long-term rehabilitation. Can ace Kim Hee-jin (32) repay the trust of the club after recovering from injury? 

Kim Hee-jin remains as a franchise star of IBK Industrial Bank of Korea. The IBK Industrial Bank team said in a press release on the 20th, “We have renewed the contract with Kim Hee-jin for an annual salary of 350 million won (annual salary of 150 million won, an option of 200 million won).” IBK Industrial Bank, which finished the season in 6th place, laid the foundation for a new leap forward in the 2023-2024 season by catching franchise star Kim Hee-jin, who can play multiple positions, following the recruitment of housekeeper Hwang Min-kyung. 

Kim Hee-jin is a representative star of Korean women’s volleyball and a player representing IBK Industrial Bank. After graduating from Seoul Jungang Girls’ High School, he became a founding member of IBK Industrial Bank of Korea by being selected as a priority for the new team in the 2011-2012 rookie draft. During 12 seasons, he participated in 331 games and 1226 sets, scoring a total of 4170 points (6th in history), and 3 regular league appearances. 1st place, won three championships, and won the KOVO Cup three times. He was the strong ace of the IBK corporate banking dynasty in the past. 

However, in the last 4 seasons, his performance has been far from the title of ace. Due to his frequent position shifts and injuries, he could hardly hit his trademark lively river spikes. This season, he also injured his knee and scored 251 points in 28 games (90 sets) with an attack success rate of 32.48%, and eventually ended the season early with surgery on the right meniscus in February. 

Kim Hee-jin is currently focusing on rehabilitation training, so it is difficult to expect an active performance from the first season of the contract. Since he has undergone about a year of rehabilitation, the possibility that he will take the entire 2023-2024 season off cannot be ruled out. Nonetheless, it is known that the IBK Industrial Bank team highly valued Kim Hee-jin’s dedication and boldly suggested renewing the contract. Coach Ho-cheol Kim also emphasized last season, “A sure ace is needed to rebuild the dynasty.”

IBK Industrial Bank entered the V-League Women’s Division in the 2011-2012 season and was an emerging powerhouse that advanced to the championship match for six consecutive seasons from the 2012-2013 season to the 2017-2018 season. During that period, he achieved one combined championship (2012-2013) and three championship championships (2012-2013, 2014-2015, 2016-2017), and 3 stars were engraved on his uniform at once. And at the center was Kim Hee-jin. 

IBK Industrial Bank announced an ambitious plan to regain the reputation of the dynasty using this contract as a stepping stone.메이저놀이터 An official from the club said, “We will once again rebuild the reputation of the Kieun Dynasty through the renewal of the contract with Kim Hee-jin, who has won several championships.” I will become it,” he said, expressing his aspirations. 

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