‘Extending active duty’ Kim Yeon-kyung “For a team that can win”… Hyundai Engineering and Construction “We are considering leaving many possibilities open”

Can Suwon Hyundai Engineering & Construction, a professional women’s volleyball team, welcome Kim Yeon-kyung, the ‘volleyball player’?

After 17 years of professional debut, Kim Yeon-kyung, who qualified as a free agent (FA), said “I’m going to do a little more” about extending active duty after a professional volleyball season 2022-2023 award ceremony held at the Grand Hyatt Seoul Hotel in Yongsan-gu, Seoul on the 10th. We are discussing with the team,” he said.

He added, “I couldn’t win the merger. very desperate Because I finished first in the regular season and missed the combined championship, my desire for the combined championship grew,” he said, revealing that the contract standard was the combined championship.

Kim Yeon-kyung, who should also consider the trend of consolidating each team’s power and the team’s vision, said, “Professional volleyball has a salary cap (upper limit on total salary), so there are many restrictions. For this reason, there are many things to consider,” he said, “even if the conditions of the contract are lowered, it is possible if the team has the power to win.”

As for the ‘team that can win’ mentioned by Kim Yeon-kyung, there are three strong teams, Korea Expressway Corporation in Gimcheon, Heungkuk Life Insurance in Incheon, and Hyundai E&C, which won a combined championship.

Hyundai Engineering & Construction, where Hwang Yeon-joo, Hwang Min-kyung, Kim Yeon-gyeon, and Chung Si-young earned FA status, managed to maintain first place in the regular league from the opening of last season, but could not cross the threshold championship due to injuries to key players at the end of the season.

Hyundai E&C requires an external heater. Hyundai E&C has two outside hitters, Hwang Min-kyung and Chung Si-young, as free agents. There are outside hitters Jeong Ji-yoon, Hwang Ji-min, Seo Ga-eun, and Lee Hyeon-ji, but it’s true that they don’t have the pressure to play the regular league with them in lonely

Kim Yeon-kyung is a very attractive resource for Hyundai E&C, which needs to reinforce the external heater.

Kim Yeon-kyung scored 669 points, the most among domestic players in the regular league last season, and the attack success rate was 45.76%, ranking first. Defensively, he was 8th in receiving efficiency (46.80%) and 10th in digs (3.713 per set), showing excellent performance in both offense and defence.

Teams that want to embrace Kim Yeon-kyung, who also plays a big role in the box office success, have to consider the salary cap, which limits the total salary.

Next season, the women’s salary cap is 1.9 billion won, an increase of 100 million won, the option cap is 600 million won, and the win bonus is 300 million won. to win

Kim Yeon-kyung’s annual salary for the 2022-2023 season is 700 million won (450 million won in annual salary, 250 million won in options). Since the amount is not small, it is not easy to recruit teams with limited salary caps.

However, if Kim Yeon-kyung’s power to win is a team, attention will be paid to her future actions as she revealed her position that she would lower the terms of the contract.

On the other hand, an official from Hyundai E&C said, “It is true that I am interested in Kim Yeon-kyung,” but “I have never talked about the salary cut.”

In addition, “I’m thinking about contracts with Hwang Min-kyung and Jung Si-young. It is still too early to say definitively with which player to sign a contract,” he said. “We are considering different aspects with many possibilities open.”

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