“It is a big change and a new beginning for me. I want to prepare well step by step.”
In the year of the team’s 10th anniversary, I left my parent team스포츠토토. Outside hitter Myeong-geun Song, who now wears a Woori Card uniform instead of OK Financial Group, has made a strong determination.
Song Myeong-geun joined Woori Card right after the trade announcement was made on the 26th of last month. Woori Card traded outside hitters Song Hee-chae and Song Myeong-geun. Song Myeong-geun, who was contacted by this magazine on the 8th, said, “In fact, there was talk that there would be a change as a team after last season. I also expected to some extent that there would be something on the outside heater side for a change. Still, when I heard the news, I was saddened, but I thought it was a new start.”
Coincidentally, the trade target was Song Hee-chae. The two were founding members of Rush & Cash, the predecessor of OK Financial Group. Song Myeong-geun said, “It’s not because the trade target is Hee-chae, but I’ve been with the team for a really long time. I had a lot of emotions, maybe it was because I had been there since the foundation. But I tried to forget it quickly. If I thought about it a lot and put it in, I thought it would be difficult and take a long time to adapt to the new team. I quickly forgot what I had to forget and tried to blend into the new environment.”
Woori Card coach Shin Young-cheol brought in Song Myeong-geun to ‘reinforce offense’. Na Gyeong-bok, who was the main outside hitter, had to fill the void left the team as a free agent (FA). Song Myeong-geun said, “When I first met the director, he said, ‘What do you think you lack?’. I was talking about the defense side. He said that he was lacking because he had been neglecting defense since he was focusing on offense, and he said that we should make up for it well during the off-season. During training, one-on-one coaching gives detailed instructions on posture.”
In Woori Card, there are many changes in the unique players. Hwang Seung-bin, who was the main setter last season, also left for KB Insurance through a trade. Now, the only setters left on the team are Kim Kwang-il and Han Tae-joon. Kim Gwang-il has little experience, and Han Tae-joon is also a rookie from last season. Lee Seung-won will join the team in August, but he has to work with the two players now.
Song Myeong-geun said, “From now on, it is a process of buttoning one by one. You can’t be perfect from the start. We have to prepare hard together since the off-season,” he said, encouraging the team, saying, “Each of us was on a different team and gathered, but we have to sweat more and run harder to unite.”
Song Myeong-geun returned to the court after completing his full-time reserve role during last season. He, who was caught up in the controversy over ‘academic violence’ and left the court for the last time at the KEPCO in the 3rd round of the 2020-2021 season, played an official game 695 days after serving in the military, participating in 53 sets of 17 games and scoring 112 points (attack success rate 51.87%). recorded
He said, “When I played his comeback match, I was very nervous. As he went through the season, he wanted to help the team, but it didn’t work out. He doesn’t seem to have shown more of what he could show. Maybe it’s because I took a break for 2-3 years, so I couldn’t get used to the sense of the ball or the atmosphere of the stadium. He looked back and said, “He made mistakes because of his desire to do well.”
I stood at a new starting line with a new mindset. Song Myeong-geun said, “The coach talks a lot about ball control. He said that while being able to handle the ball freely, he should play volleyball thinking. Now that I am on a new team, my goal is to achieve good results. If I work hard and set an example, I think I can share my energy with my colleagues.”
“It is a big change for me and a new beginning. I believe that no matter where I am, I need to do my best and show my best performance in order to receive support. People around them predict that the team will not perform well due to weakening power. Hearing such stories intensifies my desire. I want to show off on the court,” he added.