Korean signing ready for a new start Down Under
FOOTBALL: New Adelaide United signing Kim Jae-sung said the chance to play overseas was a major deciding factor in him joining the Reds.
The 33-year-old midfielder was unveiled on Wednesday as one of three signings made by the A-League's bottom club ahead of tonight's clash with Perth Glory at Coopers Stadium.
Kim has signed for the rest of this season and joins Australian striker Eli Babalj and Senegalese forward Baba Diawara as new recruits.
The Korean has played for the past 11 years in his homeland for Pohang Steelers, with whom he won the Asian Champions League, Bucheon SK, Jeju United, Sangju Sangmu and Seoul E-Land.
He said he was excited to be given the chance to play abroad for the first time and also get another go in the ACL.
"As a player, I think I have achieved a lot," Kim said.
"I've been to the 2010 World Cup and been a national team player for my country, won championships, won the Champions League with my club in Korea.
"So I felt like I had achieved everything I could football-wise, but there was just one challenge I always had - and a dream I had - and that was to play overseas.
"To be able to achieve that goal in this late period of my career, it's just been an honour."
Last season, Kim played on loan at Jeju from E-Land.
Kim will get the chance to reunite with his former teammates on March 15 when Jeju will visit Adelaide in the ACL's Group H.
"One of the main reasons for joining Adelaide was to be able to play in the Champions League with this club, and coincidentally we're in the same group as my old club, so it's going to be weird," he said.
"It's going to be a different experience but, for me, no matter which club I play for I'm out there to win."
Kim and Babalj are already in Adelaide training with the club but Diawara has yet to arrive in Australia as he awaits final approval of his work visa.
Diawara will join the Reds from Portuguese club Maritimo where he has played nine league games this season but has yet to score a goal.
Babalj, 24, spent last season on loan at Adelaide from AZ Alkmaar but made just five appearances due to injuries.