Yoon Bit-garam returns to Jeju United
Yoon Bit-garam will return to Jeju United next season after three years with Ulsan Hyundai.
Yoon, the 2020 AFC Champions League MVP, will return to Jeju United starting next season, the club announced Monday.
Yoon started out his footballing career in 2010 with Gyeongnam FC then played with Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma for a year in 2012. In 2013, he joined Jeju and stayed for three years, making 104 appearances and scoring 11 goals.
From 2016 to 2017, he played for Chinese club Yanbian Fude, where he made 37 appearance and scored 11 goals. After being loaned back to Jeju briefly in 2019, he joined Ulsan Hyundai in 2020 and made 47 appearances scoring seven goals.
Yoon played a big role in Ulsan's 2020 Champions League win. The Korean club defeated Iranian side Persepolis F.C. 2-1 in the final to secure the win, with both goals in that game scored by Junior Negrao. Although he didn't score in the final, Yoon created a tournament-topping 22 chances throughout the competition.
This season, Yoon made 29 appearances with Ulsan, scoring three goals and picking up five assists. Yoon has now made a total of 335 K League appearances, scoring 54 goals and making 46 assists. Next season, Yoon will be looking to join the 50-50 club, a list of K League players that have scored more than 50 goals and made more than 50 assists. Only 10 players are currently on the list.
"I am happy to return to Jeju where I have great memories," said Yoon. "The only thing left to do is to return the favor and gratitude to the fans. I have more responsibility on my hands because I am returning to the club. Goals, assists, I will do whatever I can on the pitch."
Ulsan finished runner-up in the 2021 K League 1 season and Jeju finished fourth.
BY YUN SO-HYANG [firstname.lastname@example.org]
with the Korea JoongAng Daily
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