Park Ji-soo ‘declared to go abroad’ to the Turkiye League… KB Stars agrees

May 4, 2024 | by

Park Ji-soo will leave the domestic stage and enter the Turkiye league.

Cheongju KB Stars, a women’s professional basketball team where Park Ji-soo was in until the 2023-2024 season, announced on the 3rd that Park Ji-soo will join Turkiye Galatasaray.

KB said, “I learned about Galatasaray’s offer through Park Ji-soo on April 19. After the interview, I confirmed the player’s commitment to overseas expansion.”

KB has one year left in the contract period, but decided to stop accompanying him by voluntary termination and help Park Ji-soo’s challenge on a grand scale.

Arbitrary termination refers to a state in which a player who cannot continue his or her activities for individual reasons during the contract period has agreed to terminate the contract for a while with his or her club.
Players classified as voluntarily terminated according to the Korean Women’s Basketball League (WKBL) regulations can only return to their original club one year after the announcement date.

After three years, they can sign a contract with not only their team but also the entire WKBL club. However, the method of return will be determined separately by the WKBL board of directors.

KB said, “Before going through the voluntary termination process, Park Ji-soo was asked to sign a contract with Galatasaray first,” adding, “After the two sides coordinated detailed conditions and confirmed that a final agreement was reached, the club officially announced.”

“I support Park Ji-soo’s dream and challenge. It will be a new motivating factor for all the players,” he added.

Park Ji-soo said, “I would like to thank the club for making such a difficult decision. I am sorry to the fans and colleagues for not being able to be with us next season, but I will do my best with a sense of responsibility.”

Park will leave for Turkiye in early September to join the new team. Until then, Park will have individual training and national team schedules in Korea.

Park Ji-soo, who won eight gold medals for the first time, including the MVP, at the regular women’s professional basketball league awards ceremony in the 2023-2024 season, expressed his intention to enter overseas markets early on.

“This season has made me want to play in overseas leagues, even if I’m not a WNBA player,” Park said after the award ceremony early last month. “Everyone is shorter than me in this league. When I think about whether I have improved in comparison with overseas players, I don’t think I have any cold feet.”

Guard Park Ji-hyun, considered the future of Korean women’s basketball, also boldly gave up her free agent status last month and declared a challenge to the European league. 안전놀이터

Park Ji-hyun also broke up with Asan Woori Bank in a voluntary manner.


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