The shocking transfer of Woori Card Ace… The members who sang the first Jangchung’s spring song, there are no more
- on Apr 14, 2023
There is no member who was with the first postseason of the founding.
On the 14th, one big news was delivered to the volleyball world. Na Kyung-bok, the ace of Woori Card, left Woori Card and wore the uniform of KB Insurance스포츠토토. KB Damage Insurance gave Na Gyeong-bok a total of 2.4 billion won over three years and succeeded in reinforcing his power.
An official from KB Insurance said in a phone call with MK Sports, “Of course, I can’t be together next season due to military service, but looking at the future, I saw him as a player who can significantly improve the team’s power. The coach also wanted Na Gyeong-bok, and he also thought about the fact that there was no free agent that he would be attracted to next season. This was a good opportunity, and luckily I was able to bring Na Gyeong-bok.”
Na Kyung-bok was the franchise star of Woori Card. Na Kyung-bok, who joined Woori Card in the 1st round of the 2015-16 season, made a splendid debut by receiving the Rookie of the Year award that year. Also in the 2019-20 season, he won the first MVP award in his debut and gave Woori Card 1st place in the regular league. In the 2019-20 season and the 2021-22 season, he was named in the Best 7 Outside Hitters category.
Woori Card has been going to spring volleyball since the 2018-19 season, and Na Gyeong-bok played a big role. Na Kyung-bok scored 3216 points in 266 matches, an attack success rate of 50.94%, and a receiving efficiency of 23.769% in Woori Card. In the 2022-23 season, he played 36 games and scored 603 points, an attack success rate of 51.12%, and a receiving efficiency of 22.01%, helping Woori Card to rise to third place in the regular league.
Na Kyung-bok’s KB Insurance line and Woori Card immediately lost a sense of power. Of course, even if Na Kyung-bok stays on the team, he will not be with us next season. This is because Na Kyung-bok is scheduled to enlist in the military on the 24th. However, an ace who had been together for 8 years left, and a player who had been with the team during its heyday transferred. The transfer of Na Kyung-bok, who seemed likely to walk the path of the Woori Card franchise, will come as a shock to Woori Card fans.
Now, in the 2018-19 season, there is not a single player left on Woori Card who played the first spring volleyball. In the 2018-19 season, Woori Card successfully entered the postseason for the first time since its founding by climbing to 3rd place in the regular league with Shin Young-chul as head coach. Since then, Woori Card has consistently maintained its top spot. In the 2019-2020 season, he took first place in the regular league, and in the 2020-21 season, he achieved the feat of finishing runner-up in the championship.
Coach Shin Young-chul made changes to the team by constantly trying trades to reinforce his strength. Outside Heater Hwang Kyung-min – Ahn Jun-chan – Han Seong-jeong – Na Gyeong-bok – Choi Hyun-gyu – Kim Jeong-hwan, middle blocker Koo Do-hyeon – Yoon Bong-woo – Kim Si-hoon – Woo Sang-jo – Park Jin-woo, setters Kim Kwang-guk – Yoo Kwang-woo – Ha Seung-woo – Noh Jae-wook, Libero Shin Dong-gwang – Lee Soo-beom – Lee Sang-wook – Kim Seok-min These are the domestic players who received coach Shin Young-chul’s first season of Woori Card’s debut.
But none of these are on our cards. Hwang Gyeong-min, Han Seong-jeong, Na Gyeong-bok, Woo Sang-jo, and Park Jin-woo are at KB Insurance, Koo Do-hyeon, Noh Jae-wook, Shin Dong-kwang, and Lee Sang-wook are at Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance, Kim Kwang-guk-Ha Seung-woo are at Korea Electric Power Corporation, and Yoo Kwang-woo are at Korean Air. Ahn Jun-chan, Choi Hyeon-gyu, Kim Jeong-hwan, Yoon Bong-woo, Lee Soo-beom, and Kim Seok-min are walking a new path of life as coaches and commentators rather than players. Everyone said goodbye to Woori Card in the midst of manager Shin Young-chul’s frequent trades.
Our card now needs to go into a new version. Kim Ji-han and Song Hee-chae should hold the center of the court. Also, in the FA market, which has not yet been closed, we need to focus on reinforcing our power. In addition to Na Kyung-bok, Woori Card also released Hwang Seung-bin and Oh Jae-seong. If even these are separated, the power leakage is large. We are looking forward to what choices Woori Card will make.
Now, there is no member who sang the first spring of Jangchung. What will our card look like next year? Woori Card without Na Kyung-bok, I still can’t imagine what it will look like.