The first stage of free agency negotiations has concluded. Hyun, Go.go, Jaedong, and Midas are the four players purusing free agency and a possible move to a new team. Further information regarding the four players purusing free agency will appear in the next five to six days. Refer to this thread for information on the entire process.
Due to worsening carpal tunnel syndrome, GGPlay has decided to retire. He said "I decided to retire a few days ago, but now that I've made the announcement official, it's starting to hit me: 'I'm retired.' My wrist was in bad shape, so I had no choice but to retire. It was a form of carpal tunnel syndrome, and it would have taken 6 months for it to completely heal. I wouldn't have a chance of catching up to the other gamers after that kind of time off. Right now I can handle a single match, but not repeated games or practice."
When asked about his future plans GGPlay said "First I'll take care of my military service, and I'll think about what to do after that. I haven't gotten called up yet, but I've decided to apply."
According to an unnamed source from OZ (remember this is OZ's version), Jaedong wanted to stay with OZ, but there his parents had some disagreement with the team. The source also revealed that they would offer JD the same contract if he failed to sign with another team.
According to Jaedong's mother, Mrs. Kim Myung-Ae: "Alongside being unable to come to terms on pay, I just couldn't bear to see him to see him taking on the load (of the team) alone." In addition: "During the FA period, Jaedong himself wanted to stay on his team. But it was really hard as a parent to always have to see him so tired and overworked for the last year and a half."
Jaedong, born on January 9th, 1990, is not yet 20 years of age. According to the FA regulations, he requires the permission of his parents to sign a contract.
Mrs. Kim also said "We're very thankful to coach Cho for making Jaedong the best player. But I still want to see him play in a better environement."
OZ is said to have offered Jaedong 140,000,000 won in base salary, with bonuses up to 60,000,000 won. Jaedong's mother is said to have requested a base salary in the region of of 180,000,000 won and/or triple his previous salary.
As a player who was previous under the 50,000,000 won cap, it was expected that Calm would receive quite a bit of attention. STX retained him at a much improved salary of about 130,000,000 won a year (with various bonuses etc included). This could rise to 150,000,000 won if he earns maximum bonuses for league victories.
Kal and Hwasin are said to have re-signed for total salaries in the region of 100,000,000 won, while JulyZerg has also re-signed for an unknown sum.
Wemade FOX finished up negotiations before the beginning of Blizzcon. While specific figures were not revealed, it is said that Nada took a pay cut, and Mind received a pay raise according to their recent performances. I'm pretty sure this article is wrong, and that Mind also took a pay reduction. I'm fairly certain he was making more than 60,000,000 won already. Can someone confirm?
Magic, SangHo, Tester all agreed to new contracts with Estro. According to sources, Tester was re-signed rather easily due to the team offering him a satisfactory contract due to his important dual position as a coach and player. However, upmagic and sangho are said to have been much more difficult to sign. Both players were underneath the 50,000,000 won cap, available for other teams to sign without any repayment fees. A few teams supposedly contacted these two players before the official negotiation period (frowned upon by Kespa, but they have no specific penalties against it as of yet). Negotiations were not settled until Thursday morning, right before upmagic's WCG qualifying match.
On August 20 2009 17:46 So no fek wrote: Yeah, true enough.
I'm still sad to see Much go, honestly.
Yeah me too but honnestly for a moment he really did results... hard to keep him in CJ. But we can say same for NaDa, he didn't do well recently... Excpect his MSL and OSL achievements before, if we check recent results : 2nd place @ Blizzcon, 2nd place @ e-stars Seoul .... but in MSL and OSL he didn't do well... TT
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