I will do my best to win.”
On the 18th, GS Caltex announced the signing of a free agent (FA). The main character was Jeong Dae-young, who led Korea Expressway Corporation’s dramatic championship victory in the 2022-2023 season.
Jeong Dae-young signed a contract with GS Caltex under the condition of 300 million won (250 million won in annual salary and 50 million won in options). Jeong Dae-young, who had an active experience at GS Caltex from the 2007-2008 season to the 2013-2014 season, returned to his home team after 10 seasons.
Jeong Dae-young, who had a phone interview with <The Spike> on the 21st, said, “It’s nice to be able to return to my family’s team, and I’m grateful for calling me on good terms.”
Multiple teams were aiming for Jeong Dae-young in this FA market, but Jeong Dae-young’s choice was GS Caltex. “I was with coach Sang-Hyun Cha when he was head coach, and currently GS Caltex has a middle blocker vacant. I chose GS Caltex because I thought that if I went and helped, it would help other players and the team would be able to achieve good results,” he explained.
It is clear why GS Caltex wanted Jeong Dae-young. This is because he does not have a partner for Suji Han. At GS Caltex, Oh Se-yeon, Myeong-hwa, and Moon Ji-yoon took turns filling the middle blocker spot, but they were not clearly evaluated as starting players. Han Su-ji struggled, but it was too much for him alone, and GS Caltex showed a disappointing appearance in the 2022-2023 season, ranking 6th in quick attacks (35.76% success rate) and 5th in blocking (2.085 per set).
To make up for that disappointment, I chose Jung Dae-young. Dae-Young Jeong ranked 3rd in blocking (0.769 per set) and 11th in speed in the 2022-2023 season. Looking at the record alone, it is a record that raises expectations that GS Caltex will fill the gaps it lacked.
Daeyoung Jeong, who is 42 years old but still shows excellent skills, has continued thorough self-management. He said, “I do a lot of fitness or weight management. It is true that his agility and stamina decrease as he gets older스포츠토토. So he tries to keep the weight steady. Even during the season when he had time between matches he did a lot of weight. He has a long season, so he can endure it.”
Jung Dae-young worked for Korea Expressway Corporation for 9 seasons from the 2014-2015 season. It was not easy for him to leave Korea Expressway Corporation because it is the team he has been with the longest in his professional career and has shared the history of the team. “It was difficult before and after the decision. To be honest, he still occasionally wonders if it was right for him to leave the Korea Expressway Corporation.”
Director Kim Jong-min, who had been with him for 7 seasons, also tried his best to catch Jung Dae-young. “Director Kim Jong-min also caught a lot. But later, ‘It’s not easy to go to another team under these conditions at your age. It’s a great opportunity for you, so I don’t think you should seize it. sorry. Go and do well,’ he said. Other Korea Expressway Corporation players contacted me a lot and many players told me not to go.”
But in the professional world, transfers are natural and unavoidable. Now, it is Jeong Dae-young who has to wear a GS Caltex uniform and run. Jeong Dae-young said, “I couldn’t show much aggressiveness in the last season at Korea Expressway Corporation. At GS Caltex, I want to show an aggressive side, and it would be great if I came and won, so I will work hard to win.”
Jeong Dae-young, who has won twice at GS Caltex and twice at Korea Expressway Corporation, can wear a championship ring on every hand if he wins one more championship match. Let’s see if Jung Dae-young can get his 5th championship ring at GS Caltex.