‘K League 2 Scorer’ Yoo Kang-hyeon (27, Daejeon Hana Citizen) starts a new challenge in K League 1.
Yoo Kang-hyeon played 40 K-League 2 games for Chungnam Asan last year and scored 19 goals, winning the top scorer. He proved that the stage for the second part was narrow for him with a physical condition of 1m86cm and 78kg. Yoo Kang-hyun has all the qualities of a front-line striker, such as sharp shooting with both feet and the ability to own the ball.
Yoo Kang-hyun, who conquered the K-League 2, started a meaningful companionship with Daejeon, which was promoted to the first division after 8 years. In a recent phone call with Daily Sports, Yoo Kang-hyun said, “I’m excited. I want to go to winter training because my vacation is long. I hope the season starts soon,” he said.
He also told the secret story of the transfer. He said, “I am confident that Daejeon will become a bigger team in the future, and I felt that the atmosphere of the stadium and the support of the fans were cool.” I felt that Daejeon wanted it the most, and I heard that director Lee Min-seong wanted to be with me.”
Yoo Kang-hyun, who started his professional career by joining the Pohang Steelers in 2015, continued his career in the Czech Republic through Daegu FC the following year. Having played for four Czech teams, he returned to Korea wearing a Gyeongnam FC uniform in the summer of 2021 메이저놀이터. However, the trip with Gyeongnam ended after 5 months. Yoo Kang-hyeon eventually took an open recruitment test in Chungnam-Asan in December of the same year, and was among the final 3 out of 40 participants. Yoo Kang-hyun, who seized the opportunity, made a dazzling performance as the ‘scoring king’.
Yoo Kang-hyun said, “(Career) I don’t think it was smooth. He had a hard time, but I think the experience at this time was helpful and he was able to do well last year,” he said. “After playing soccer, he never neglected his efforts. Before he focused only on training volume, now he knows what is needed.”
Entering the first division is another challenge for Yoo Kang-hyun. He said, “There are not many foreign center backs in K League 2, but there are many good foreign defenders in K League 1. I wonder if I will be competitive against them. I am also looking forward to confrontation with top-notch teams like Jeonbuk Hyundai and Ulsan Hyundai.” I am happy to be able to run and compete with these players.”
Yoo Kang-hyun set an ambitious goal of scoring one more goal than last season on a higher stage. “I think we need to set big goals,” he said. It was regrettable that he could not fill the 20 goals last year. I really want to achieve it this time. It’s a different stage from K-League 2, but he’s confident.” We are aiming for the Best 11 this year as well. If we prepare well, there will be good results.”
Lastly, Yoo Kang-hyun said, “Daejeon is a promoted team, but it is a corporate team. I think the squad and system are well established. Adaptation to the K-League 1 will not be a problem. The goal is to advance to Final A (the top 6 teams in the K League 1),” he said with strength.