Kim Yeon-koung talks reach an impasseKorean Volleyball star Kim Yeon-koung’s status is in limbo after negotiations about her future broke down.
The latest contract talks between the volleyball star and her Korean club have fallen through, team officials said Tuesday.
According to the Heungguk Life Pink Spiders, the club’s general manager Kwon Kwang-young traveled to Turkey last week to finalize Kim’s transfer to the Turkish club, Fenerbahce. Team officials said Kim demanded that her deal with Heungguk Life be terminated by June 30 after playing two seasons in Turkey on a loan deal.
Heungguk Lifealso proposed a trade, which was rejected.
Kim’s future has been a hot potato in Korean volleyball since last July, when she first signed a two-year deal with Fenerbahce. She had earlier played the 2011 season with Fenerbahce on a one-year loan from Heungguk Life. According to the KOVO, players must spend at least six seasons with a Korean team before becoming a free agent. Kim played four years with Heungguk Life and two more in Japan on loan before leaving for Turkey.
Kim countered that she had played six seasons under Heungguk Life’s control because she had gone to Japan and Turkey on loan deals, not with full contracts. Yonhap