Transfer Talk: Gyeongnam FC
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Gyeongnam have been very active in the off season with numerous players leaving the club and several incomings to bolster the ranks.
The outgoing players most noteably have been Christian Danalache, the leagues 2nd highest goalscorer in the league and a menance to many a defender last season. Rumour had it that we had offered him a years extension on his current years deal but he was offered more more money at another club. That club was Challenge side Daejeon on a years contract. Daejeon have also secured the signature of another one of our promising younger strikers/attacking midfielder in Lee Ho-seok. Lightening quick and has an eye for a goal. He has a nack however of being caught offside far too often. He linked up very impressively with Christian as the season wore on. Good pair of signings for the boys in purple I feel.
We lost Song Soo-Young to Suwon FC. A dead ball specialist and on his day a match winner. Was in and out of the side last season as he does have a tendancy to "go missing" in games. A scorer of some wonderful goals when his head is right. A personal favourite player of mine at the club. Another 8 players have left the club for pastures new. However the three players I mentioned above were key in our success (if what limited) of last season.
Now for the incomings at the club. Which so far, on paper, look to be very impressive. We have signed two Brazilians. Alex Bruno, an attacking midfielder from Zimbru Chișinău in Moldova and Marcão, a striker from Ituano in Brazil. If they can settle, we have two potentially very promising players on our hands here, Early season whispers are that they look great in pre season and are intergrating well within the squad. We still have one more foreign player to sign to forfill our overseas quota of three allowed in the KLeague.
We have picked up 4 players on loan all from K league classic sides, Kim Sun-woo from Suwon Samsung, Sung Bong-jae from Seongnam, Jung Won-jin from Pohang, Kim Min-joon, from FC Seoul.
We have also signed 7 players from various divisions in and around Korea and overseas.
Kim Hyung-rok (Ulsan Mipo)
Lee Joon-hee (Pohang)
Lee Hyeon-sung (Incheon)
Choi Jae-soo (Jeonbuk)
Lee Hyun-woong (Samut Prakan)
Lee Beom-soo (Daejeon)
Cho Byung-kuk (Incheon).
All these players will add their experience to our currently very young and talented squad. We have managed to keep the main backbone of our side together despite losing undoubtably our best striker. The defence hasn't been touched in the transfer market and we have added two keepers in the off season both with K League classic games under their belts. Our defence last season was good, conceding the least amount of goals in the league.
I am expected us to push for a playoff positon this season. We haven't got the -10 point deduction hanging over our heads like last season, so we can be postive from the very first week of the season.
My season ticket has been puchased and one for my eldest son as well. It's either going to be money well spent, or are we all as Gyeongnam fans, glutten for punishment. Only time will tell. I for one have missed watching live football and can't wait for the season to get going. COME ON YOU REDS.