Volleyball legend Kim Yeon-koung, who has played for the Incheon Heungkuk Life Pink Spiders for the all of her 18-year professional career, will finally be a free agent this offseason and may sign with any V League club of her choosing.
Despite winning the regular season this year, the Pink Spiders were unable to repeat as champions since they lost the championship series against the Gimcheon Korea Expressway Hi-Pass by a score of 3-2.
Kim, now 35, began her professional career in 2005 with the Pink Spiders before leaving for stops in Japan, Turkey, and China on her way to becoming a free agent. Since the Incheon club still had her domestic contract rights, she was required to play for the Pink Spiders upon her return to the V League in 2020.
Yeon-koung, Kim Is Now a Free Agent
After the 2021 season, Kim moved to Shanghai to play for the Shanghai Bright Ubest Women’s Volleyball Club, the same club she had guided to the Chinese Super League title in 2017–18, ending the club’s 17-year championship drought. That year, the squad placed second in the competition.
According to sports news reports, Kim re-signed with the Pink Spiders for the upcoming 2022-23 season, and her contributions were crucial to the team’s victory: she scored 669 points overall at the league’s highest 45.76 percent success rate.
Kim has been a part of the Pink Spiders for their whole illustrious run in Incheon, where they have won the league four times and the championship three times (in 2006, 2007, and 2009).