‘Re-recruitment of Lee Go-eun trade’ Pepper’s bitter off-season despite bold investment… the winner is Korea Expressway Corporation
- on May 03, 2023
Women’s volleyball setter Lee Go-eun (28) changed her uniform twice in less than a week. Pepper Savings Bank, which had high expectations for escaping from the bottom for the first time since its foundation, faced a situation where it could not laugh even with one of the largest free agent (FA) words.
On the 2nd, Pepper Savings Bank said, “We agreed on a trade with Lee Go-eun for the 2023-2024 rookie draft second round nomination rights for middle blocker Choi Ga-eun (22) and 2023-2024 season rookie draft 1st round pick-up rights to Korea Expressway Corporation.” The key trade is the re-recruitment of Lee Go-eun, who transferred to Korea Expressway Corporation as a free agent compensation player six days ago.
Lee Go-eun joined the Korea Expressway Corporation through the 2013-2014 rookie draft, and transferred after receiving a love call from Pepper Savings Bank in need of setter reinforcement in March of last year when he became a free agent. Last season, he served as the main setter for Pepper Savings Bank. However, for some reason, Pepper Savings Bank excluded Lee Go-eun from the list of protected players when it recruited FA striker Park Jung-ah. As the Korea Expressway Corporation chose Lee Go-eun, Lee Go-eun wore the uniform again after a year.
There were many question marks about Pepper Savings Bank’s decision to subtract the main setter from the protection player in volleyball, commonly referred to as ‘setter play’. In addition, Pepper Savings Bank does not have setter resources that can replace Lee Go-eun right away. It didn’t take long for it to be revealed that it was a ‘big mistake’.
In less than a week, Pepper Savings Bank came to re-recruit Lee Go-eun, risking more blood loss. Pepper Savings Bank devised a protection player strategy to intensively protect promising players in consideration of the situation of the road construction team with good setter resources. As a result, criticism cannot be avoided for failing to prevent the departure of core power next season.
Pepper Savings Bank, caught off guard, immediately set out to reinforce the power of the setter. At the same time, he was reconnected with the Korea Expressway Corporation, which entered the trade market with the Lee Go-eun card. Pepper Savings Bank could not easily give up its main setter who knew the team situation well. In the end, Pepper Savings Bank re-recruited Lee Go-eun and gave Choi Ga-eun, who had established herself as a key middle blocker last season by special designation at the time of its foundation, the right to pick the first pick for the new season’s rookie draft.
I avoided the immediate setter concerns, but as a new team, I had to let go of a promising player who had worked hard in the midst of an already insufficient composition of players. There is also no suitable alternative to the power vacuum that lost Choi Ga-eun. There is no choice but to look forward to the growth of Mongolian middle blocker Yeom Er-Hung, who failed to show off his skills last season due to various injuries.
The winner is road construction. Highway Corporation coach Kim Jong-min, who let go of Park Jung-ah and Jeong Dae-young (GS Caltex), who were key members of the championship in the free agency market, had unexpected luck in the FA compensation player nomination. The Korea Expressway Corporation dug into the opponent’s ‘mistake’ well, even though it had a setter line named An Ye-rim in the setter Lee Yoon-jung, who led the championship last season.
With this trade,ㅋㅋㅋ벳 the Korea Expressway Corporation filled the void left by Jung Dae-young as Choi Ga-eun, who was born in 2001 and has shown remarkable growth. In addition, he even took the right to pick the first round of the next draft of Pepper Savings Bank, which is likely to be nominated for the first place at the bottom of the 2022-2023 season.