“I know a lot of people want to play,
it’s hard to decide whether to retire or not”
It is not wrong to say that the 2022-2023 season women’s volleyball V-League started with Kim Yeon-kyung (35, Heungkuk Life Insurance토토사이트) and ended with Kim Yeon-kyung . Years have passed, but the box office power of ‘Volleyball Empress’ Kim Yeon-kyung remained the same.
Kim Yeon-kyung returned to Heungkuk Life Insurance, her V-League team after 11 years, won the runner-up in the championship match in the 2020-2021 season, transferred to Shanghai, China, and wore Heungkuk Life’s pink uniform again after one season.
Kim Yeon-kyung proved her existence as a ‘world star’ that has not rusted by leading a team that fell to 6th place in one season she was missing. Although it failed to win the combined championship, Heungkuk Life Insurance led the women’s volleyball box office with its all-time-class crowd mobilization power, recording full home spectators seven times in the season (including the championship match) amid Kim Yeon-kyung’s overwhelming popularity.
Even in the offseason, the hot topic is Kim Yeon-kyung. This is because Kim Yeon-kyung expressed concerns about retirement during the season. As a volleyball player, she was in her twilight years, and her love call for Kim Yeon-kyung, who was verified in a broadcasting company where sports entertainment was in its heyday, was hot, and the possibility of her retirement was predicted to be high. Her Kim Yeon-kyung has been noticed early on as a blue chip that can receive ‘A-level’ treatment in her variety shows as well as her CFs.
Kim Yeon-kyung is still thinking. However, in an interview right after the championship match, she hopes to see her on the court a little more. Kim Yeon-kyung said, “I’m talking with many people about extending my active service and retirement,” but “As you know from today’s game, many fans came and cheered me on. I can’t help but think that these people know very well that they want me to play (actively),” she said.
The regret of not being able to achieve the combined victory seems to remain as a regret. When asked if she was going to retire if she had won the championship match, Kim Yeon-kyung said, “It’s not like that,” but “Not winning today is motivating (to extend active service). It is difficult for me to decide whether or not to retire on my own, so I think about many things.”
Kim Yeon-kyung’s decision can be confirmed soon. Kim Yeon-kyung obtained the qualification as a free agent (FA). Kim Yeon-kyung, who debuted in the V-League in the 2005-2006 season, has only completed 6 seasons with his long overseas challenge and earned his first FA qualification. If he chooses to extend his active career, he must complete free agency negotiations for two weeks from the 9th.
Kim Yeon-kyung also said, “I will talk with the original club Heungkuk Life Insurance, and the possibility of negotiating with other clubs is open. I will think positively,” he said, implying that he is putting weight on extending his active duty.
Kim Yeon-kyung’s unrivaled star performance and leadership, which drives cloud crowds, deserves attention from many teams. There was also a time when Kim Yeon-kyung’s transfer rumor was strongly linked to his new team, Pepper Savings Bank. When the recruitment competition for FA Kim Yeon-kyung intensifies, the ‘ransom price’ is bound to soar.
Although Kim Yeon-kyung failed to win the MVP award for her 4th individual championship match, she is expected to win the MVP at the regular league awards ceremony to be held on the 10th. 1st place (45.76%) in attack success rate in the regular league and 669 points (5th place), the most among domestic players don’t Kim Yeon-kyung raised the regular league MVP four times during the five seasons he played in the V-League from the 2005-2006 season, three consecutive seasons, and the temporary return to the 2020-2021 season. This is the highest number of awards for both men and women.