IBK Industrial Bank has concluded a contract with franchise star Kim Hee-jin (32) as a free agent (FA).
On the 20th, Industrial Bank of Korea said, “We renewed the contract with Kim Hee-jin for a total annual salary of 350 million won (annual salary of 150 million + option of 200 million won).” Salary negotiations will be conducted on an annual basis.”
Founding member Kim Hee-jin, 먹튀검증who joined IBK as a priority for the new team in the 2011-2012 season, participated in 331 matches and 1226 sets over 12 seasons, scoring a total of 4170 points (attack success rate 39.02%). Active as a franchise star of IBK, winning the regular league three times (2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2015-2016 season) and winning the championship game three times (2012-2013, 2014-2015, 2016-2017 season), three times He took the lead in winning the KOVO Cup (2013, 2015, 2016).
An official from the club said, “By renewing the contract with Kim Hee-jin, who has won several championships, we will once again rebuild the team’s reputation during the dynasty.” will be,” he said.
Kim Hee-jin is likely to return in the second half of the 2023-2024 season. On February 27, he underwent surgery on the meniscus in his right knee, and will return to the court after about a year of rehabilitation. An official from the club explained, “(Kim Hee-jin) ended the season early due to an injury, but she is working hard on rehabilitation to return to the court next season healthy.”
IBK reinforced the outside heater (left) position once before signing a contract with Kim Hee-jin. Hwang Min-kyung, a free agent who played for Hyundai E&C, was recruited. Even in the 2022-2023 season, Hwang Min-kyung showed off his versatility in both offense and defense with 266 points (31.38%) and a receiving efficiency of 41.82% in 34 games. An IBK official added, “After recruiting Hwang Min-kyung, a housekeeper who can play both offense and defense, we have completed a renewal of the contract with Kim Hee-jin, who is tall and has strong offensive power and can play multiple positions.”
Meanwhile, IBK also thanked Kim Su-ji, the main middle blocker (center) who transferred to Heungkuk Life Insurance. Free agent Kim Su-ji completed a contract with Heungkuk Life Insurance on the 19th. Kim Su-ji and her friend Kim Yeon-kyung, who she went to elementary, middle and high school with, eat rice in one pot for the first time in a pro. An IBK official said, “Thank you to the player who devoted himself as the team’s main player despite difficult circumstances during the 6th season,” and “We will always support Kim Su-ji’s new start.”