Jeju United’s Jung Woo-jae and Jeonbuk Hyundai’s Lee Ju-yong will swap uniforms. Both clubs announced the trade at the same time on the 22nd. The contract period for both players is 2 years.
Lee Ju-yong made his professional debut in 2014 in Jeonbuk. In his debut season, he stood out with 1 goal and 1 assist in 22 appearances. Due to his performance for his team, he made his A-match debut in a friendly against United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 11 June 2015. In November 2020, he played a total of 5 A-matches, including an away evaluation match against Mexico and Qatar held in Austria. Jeonbuk and Asan Mugunghwa Football Team (2017-2018) also accumulated numerous championships (4 K League 1 championships, 1 K League 2 championship, 1 ACL championship, 1 FA Cup championship). He was loaned to Incheon United last season and made 10 league appearances. 3 goals and 10 assists in 137 professional appearances.
Lee Ju-yong not only has his main job, defense, but also shows off his strengths in attack situations as he was a left-sided striker before his professional debut. His finishing ability is so good that he won the top scorer (17 goals) in the U-League Yeongnam area while attending Dong-A University in 2013. On October 9, 2020, in the ‘2020 Men’s Soccer Team vs Olympic Team Friendly Match’, he scored his national team debut goal with a bold breakthrough and a powerful right-footed shot in the 14th minute of the first half as a member of Team A. It is an offensive fullback that fits well with coach Nam Ki-il’s soccer style, who dominates the game through all-round pressure and quick switching from the side. Also, since he is left-footed, he can weaponize crosses coming up quickly from the left flank. Coach Nam Ki-il also expressed expectations, saying, “Lee Joo-yong is a good player with various experiences. He will be a great help to Jeju, which is challenging to advance into the ACL.”
Lee Ju-yong said, “I feel special because I started a new challenge in Jeju.” “There are many good players in Jeju. The most important thing is to create synergy with them. I think this is what coach Nam Ki-il wants. In Jeju, I want to become a player who gives faith and trust. I was very disappointed with the injury last year, but I will try to become a player who contributes to the team by participating in many games this season.” 스포츠토토
Lee Ju-yong held an unprecedented official signing event prior to joining. On February 21, Lee Ju-yong attended the ‘Visiting Fan Signing’ held at E-Mart Seogwipo as a special protagonist along with Lee Chang-min, Jin Seong-wook, and Seo Jin-soo. Lee Ju-yong was moved by the warm hospitality of Jeju residents and fans, and gave a sincere sign. In particular, they added something special by taking an official photo and an interview with Jeju residents and fans who participated in the autograph session that day.
Lee Ju-yong said, “It was more meaningful to take the official photo at the fan signing event. I’m more happy that it became a special memory not only for me but also for the residents of Jeju and the fans. The first start is good. Now, I’m going to show the emotion and resonance I felt today on the ground with a good play. It is important to reciprocate. This is a greater motivation,” she smiled.