Kim Yeon-kyung, Bae Yu-na, and Kim Yeon-gyeon, who are active in women’s professional volleyball, are expected to acquire free agency (FA) qualifications after the end of this season. Clubs such as Pepper Savings Bank, which have not been able to get out of the bottom since its establishment, are expected to be busy recruiting them to improve their performance next year.
In women’s professional volleyball, high school graduates qualify for free agency if they play for a team for six years. The second or higher free agent qualification can be obtained every three years.
In the case of Hyundai E&C, Hwang Yeon-joo, Hwang Min-kyung, Kim Yeon-gyeon, and Jeong Si-young are eligible for free agency if they play more than 40% of the regular league games this season.
In Heungkuk Life Insurance, Kim Yeon-kyung, Do Soo-bin, and Kim Chae-yeon qualify for free contracts. Korea Expressway Corporation will release Jung Dae-young, Bae Yoo-na, Park Jeong-ah, Moon Jeong-won, and Jeon Sae-yan through free contracts.
For GS Caltex, Munhwa and Han Sujin, 토토사이트 KGC Ginseng Corp. for Han Songi, Yum Hyesun and Chae Seonah, IBK Industrial Bank for Kim Suji and Kim Heejin, and Pepper Savings Bank for Lee Hanbi and Jiminkyung will be released as free contracts.
After the championship match in April, the list of players who have officially qualified for free agency will be announced. After the announcement, each club can contact the players to hear their intention to recruit them.
When the list of free agents is announced, the volleyball world is expected to pay attention to Pepper Savings Bank’s move.
Founded in 2021, Pepper’s first season ended with 3 wins and 28 losses in the 2021-2022 season, and was at the bottom. After the first season, he brought in Lee Go-eun, a road construction setter, as a free agent, but this season, he is still at the bottom with 1 win and 19 losses.
Pepper is in a situation where he is thirsty for reinforcements to the extent of sounding out Lee Jae-young, who has been involved in school violence controversy ahead of the opening of this season. In this situation, Pepper is expected to bet on life and death to catch large players released as free agents.
Therefore, the possibility that Pepper pays attention to Kim Yeon-kyung, the biggest fish, cannot be ruled out. Heungkuk Life Insurance is experiencing internal trouble due to the replacement of the manager during the season. Kim Yeon-kyung is in a situation where he made a statement saying that he could not be trusted even if a new coach came. If the conflict between Kim Yeon-kyung and Heungkuk Life Insurance amplifies, the space for Pepper to approach to recruit Kim Yeon-kyung could be wider.
Even Kim Yeon-kyung can draw a meaningful milestone in her career if she takes Pepper, a team from last place, to the top. For this reason, some volleyball fans suggest that Kim Yeon-kyung should go to Pepper.
In addition to Kim Yeon-kyung, Libero Kim Yeon-gyeon, who is the hidden contributor to Hyundai E&C’s No.
Kim Hee-jin, Hwang Min-kyung, Park Jung-ah, Moon Jeong-won, Jeon Sae-yan, Yeom Hye-seon, etc. are also immediately feeling of power. Veteran Hwang Yeon-joo, Jeong Dae-young, Han Song-yi, and Kim Su-ji are also resources that can lead juniors.
However, the recruitment of large free agents is directly related to the salaries of existing players. In a situation where the salary cap is set, the recruitment of large players can lead to other players’ salaries being cut or released.
In this process, the issue of equity in the salary cap may be raised again. The salary cap per team in the men’s division in the 2022-2023 season is 4.15 billion won, while the salary cap per team in the women’s division is only 2.3 billion won.