Kim leaves Ulsan for Jeonbuk

Striker Kim Shin-wook will be leaving Ulsan Hyundai after seven years and joining K League Classic champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors. 

For Jeonbuk, acquiring Kim could not have come at a better time as the 2016 AFC Champions League group stage will begin later this month, with Jeonbuk having been drawn with Jiangsu Suning, Becamex Binh Duong and the winner of playoff East 2 in Group E.

In his seven years with Ulsan, during which the club won the AFC Champions League in 2012, Kim scored 111 goals in 266 games. The 27-year-old is now looking forward to the next chapter of his career.

“I thank God and Jeonbuk coach Choi Kang-hee,” Kim told the official AFC website. “I will now do my best to fulfill all that is required of me and do my best to help the team reach its targets.”

Meanwhile, Jeonbuk chief Choi believes that K League clubs need to have an impact in this year’s AFC Champions League, as many of the teams in China and the Middle East have lured in big-name players by splashing large amounts of cash.

This is especially true of Chinese Super League clubs who have roped in Ramires, Fredy Guarin, Gervinho, Jackson Martinez, and Alex Teixeira, among others.

“The AFC Champions League is a matter of pride of Korean football and the K League,” Choi said. “It is also the fate of Jeonbuk.

“We are continuing to fight despite large sums of money being invested in China and the Middle East.”