“Kim Hak-beom’s student.”
Jeju club announced on the 20th that it has recruited midfielder Kim Jung-min, who played for K League 2 FC Anyang last season.
Kim Jung-min, who was selected as one of the 60 promising soccer players around the world by the Guardian, a leading British newspaper, in 2016, also stood out in the national team by age.
At the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games, he won the gold medal under the guidance of head coach Kim Hak-beom, and in November of the same year, he made his A-match debut in a friendly match against Australia.
He also contributed to the runner-up at the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland.
However, he displayed poor performance in the professional league. He joined prestigious Salzburg in Austria in 2018, but after hopping on loan, he transferred to Gangwon FC in March 2021.
Having failed to establish himself in Gangwon Province, Kim scored one goal in 32 K-League 2 games during two seasons at I’Park in Busan in July of the same year. In the 2023 season, he played in six games while wearing the Anyang uniform.
Kim Jung-min, who has gradually moved away from the colorful spotlight, reunited with his teacher Kim Hak-beom in Jeju and vowed to revive.
“I’m so happy to join a good team called Jeju. It’s even better to be with coach Kim Hak-beom again,” Kim said. “I’ll make efforts with the determination of ‘Mapupo-chim (making needles by changing axes)’, which I was planning to launch during the Asian Games, so that I can succeed with all the members in Jeju.”
The Jeju club said, “Coach Kim Hak-beom has decided that Kim Jung-min’s potential, which has not yet blossomed, is valid,” adding, “We can fill the vacancy of Kim Bong-soo, who left for military service, with a departure from Brazil and recruiting Kim Jung-min.”