K League club signs Vietnamese midfielder

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Gangwon FC, recently promoted to the K League, signed their first foreign player on Monday, choosing to bring in Vietnamese midfielder Luong Xuan Truong.

The 21-year-old etched his name in the record books by becoming the first Vietnamese player to feature in the top tier of South Korean football.

However, Truong will only join Gangwon on a loan deal from his regular club Hoang Anh Gia Lai.

Earlier this year, Truong joined Incheon United FC, but only featured in four matches and spent a majority of the season with their reserve squad.

“Truong is a proven star footballer in Southeast Asia,” Gangwon said in a release. “We actually tried to sign him this summer but failed to draw his interest back then because we were in the second-tier K League Challenge.”

Gangwon head coach Choi Yun-kyum, who used to be in charge at Hoang Anh Gia Lai from 2011 to 2014 when Truong was in the youth squad, added: “I’d never imagined that I’d coach Truong in the K League. I will give Truong plenty of opportunities if he shows good performances in training.”

Gangwon finished in fourth place in the K League Challenge this season, but secured their spot in the K League after beating Seongnam FC in a promotion playoff.

With Truong having been handed an opportunity to play in the top flight of Korean football, he insisted that he aims to make the most of it.

“I want to become a recognisable player in the K League,” Truong said. “I also want to help Gangwon earn their spot in the Asian Football Confederation Champions League.”