Shin Jin-ho “I feel sorry for director Kim Ki-dong”… from Pohang captain to Incheon man

“After transferring, I haven’t been able to talk to coach Kim Ki-dong yet. He didn’t answer the phone.”

Shin Jin-ho (35) was one of the hottest names in the winter transfer market ahead of K-League 1 in the 2023 season.

Shin Jin-ho led the team as captain of the Pohang Steelers last year and scored 4 goals and 10 assists in 32 K-League 1 matches, and was selected as the best 11 midfielder of the season and was also nominated for the MVP award.

Shin Jin-ho recently transferred to Incheon United.

His move to Incheon was officially announced on the 20th of last month after his move was not decided even after the start of안전놀이터 winter training as he could not reach an agreement in negotiations with Pohang ahead of the expiration of his contract.

Many words came out because he was transferred to another team right after a year in which his skills were in full bloom.

Pohang coach Kim Ki-dong also openly expressed regret about Shin Jin-ho’s transfer process.

At the 2023 K-League Winter Battery Training Media Camp press conference held at Hotel International in Changwon, Gyeongsangnam-do on the 14th, Shin Jin-ho confessed his feelings about this.

Shin Jin-ho said, “I don’t think you can criticize me for choosing Incheon in terms of ‘work’, but I admit that I feel sad because I have a close relationship with the director,” he said.

He said, “I haven’t been able to talk on the phone yet because the manager hasn’t answered the phone, but I want to say hello when I meet him at the stadium. I don’t think he’s someone I’ll keep in mind for a long time.” said.

Although regarded as one of the league’s top players for his skills, he has rarely played for a team for long periods of time.

He captained Ulsan Hyundai and moved to Pohang, a rival team, the following year after winning the 2020 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL).

His professional debut team, Pohang, had a somewhat awkward breakup this time, leaving fans regretful about the transfer.

Shin Jin-ho protested, “I may look like a ‘crazy guy’, but I am a sincere person. I really love soccer.”

He explained, “I transferred several times, but when I left the team, I had a ‘principle’ that I had, and I’ve been trying to make a choice that adhered to it. My heart has to run.”

The biggest factor that made Incheon’s heart beat is fellow midfielder Lee Myung-joo (33).

It is evaluated that Incheon already has a luxurious midfield lineup just for the reunion of those who matched the sum in Pohang in the past.

Shin Jin-ho emphasized, “Lee Myung-joo had a great influence on my decision to move forward. Being able to play soccer again with Myung-joo played a big role.”

He said, “Lee Myung-joo is a player who reads my thoughts. I believe that my breathing will improve over time because I know what each other is good at and what to do when I catch the ball. I want to create positive synergy with other colleagues.” said.

Even in his mid-30s, he said, “I don’t feel physically detached. I always believe that I can improve.” He also talked about his goals for this year without hesitation.

Shin Jin-ho expressed his aspirations, saying, “I want to increase my double-digit attack points this year as well. Incheon is participating in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League for the first time, and I want to show that I can compete against foreign teams.”

Furthermore, he said, “I signed a 3-year contract with Incheon, and I want to win. I think it’s possible with this kind of atmosphere and mind.”

Regarding Pohang, whom he will meet as the opposing team, Shin Jin-ho said, “I have no desire to lose,” and “I want to do my best to compete in good faith.”

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