Reporter Kang Dong-hoon = Professional soccer K-League 1 Gwangju FC continues to strengthen its power. During the winter, while they were putting their heart and soul into improving the competitiveness of the team, they recruited Kim Gyeong-jae (29) and Lee Kang-hyeon (25) to reinforce the defense and midfield.
Kim Kyung-jae, who is 183 cm tall and weighs 73 kg, is a center back with excellent defense, tackle and build-up. He can play as a holding midfielder and fullback, and has earned the nickname ‘control tower’ for his skillful defensive reading and stable game operation.
In the past, Kim Kyung-jae had dinner with director Lee Jung-hyo (47) twice. In 2012, while serving as a teacher at his alma mater, Ajou University, he received the best player award at the 2015 Asian University Friendly Football Tournament, and also served as the captain of the team with outstanding leadership.
Kim Gyeong-jae, who made his professional debut while wearing the Jeonnam Dragons uniform in 2016, enlisted in Sangmu for military service after digesting three seasons and played an active role as a main player. Afterwards, he moved to Jeju United and played 45 games in three seasons, contributing to promotion to the first division and advancing to the final round A for two consecutive years.
Kim Kyung-jae said, “I was able to grow greatly thanks to coach Lee Jeong-hyo during my college days and Jeju Island. And I think it’s an honor to be part of a team that proudly returned to the first division with amazing results last season.” As I joined late, I will build my body quickly and contribute to another history of the team.” 메이저사이트
Standing 181cm and weighing 77kg, Lee Kang-hyeon is a central midfielder whose strengths are ball distribution, intelligent passing and build-up. He earned the nickname ‘hard worker’ for his vigorous play and fighting spirit.
Lee Kang-hyun, who joined the Busan Transportation Corporation football team in the 2020 K3 League after attending Honam University in Gwangju, was recognized for his potential by showing sincere and dedicated play and taking the starting position. Afterwards, he succeeded in his dream professional debut at Incheon United in the 2021 season, and played a big role in various positions. In particular, he drew great attention last season by scoring two goals in a row at the end of last season, making a significant contribution to advancing to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions Gir (ACL).
Lee Kang-hyun said, “When I was in Honam University, I often visited Gwangju soccer and dreamed of a professional life. I want to come back to Gwangju and make more memories with excitement. I want to make the move to Gwangju the turning point of my life. As much as he joined a team with teamwork, he will melt quickly and be a boon to the team.”