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Korean football prospect Jang Gyeol-hee signs with Greek club

By Yonhap
  • Published : Jul 20, 2017 - 16:21
  • Updated : Aug 11, 2017 - 13:18

South Korean football prospect Jang Gyeol-hee will make his professional debut with a Greek club in the upcoming season, officials here said Thursday.

Jang signed a two-year contract with an option for an extra year with Asteras Tripoli FC in the top-flight Superleague Greece, a person working with Jang's camp said, adding that the 19-year-old will make his senior debut with the Greek club in the 2017-18 season.

Jang joined the FC Barcelona youth team in 2011 along with South Korean compatriot Lee Seung-woo, but was released from the Spanish giants last season as he failed to earn a promotion to the B team from Juvenil A.

Jang, who can play as a midfielder and left back, was approached by Japanese clubs after he went free agent. But he decided to stay in Europe and took a trial with Asteras, eventually earning himself a pro contract.

Jang has represented South Korea at the under-17 and under-20 levels, but never played at World Cups. (Yonhap)

In this file photo taken on Sept. 24, 2015, South Korean footballer Jang Gyeol-hee practices at Munhak Stadium in Incheon. (Yonhap)