Former Thai League midfielder Kim Sung-Hwan, who featured for Port FC and Suphanburi, has signed for Chinese Super League side Henan Jianye.
Kim signs for Henan Jianye from Chinese second-tier outfit Liaoning Shenyang Urban, where he joined in February of this year but didn’t feature due to the enforced break brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Formerly of Seongnam FC and Ulsan Hyundai, Kim Sung-Hwan arrived in Thailand during the 2018 season to much fanfare as part of a spending spree by Bangkok based club Port FC. The South Korean was a crucial player for the side, who mounted their first title challenge in recent history
Playing a primarily defensive role, Kim would go on to make 29 appearances for Port that season, being a consistent if unglamorous performer at the base of their midfield. The South Korean helped to anchor the defense in an incredibly attack-minded side, ultimately finishing third in the final standings.
OFFICIAL | Henan Jianye have confirmed the signing of veteran midfielder Kim Sung-hwan. pic.twitter.com/Dd6t5XjKS0
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However, Kim was replaced at the end of that season by the more dynamic Go Suel-Ki, and took his defensive solidity to Suphanburi FC. The Elephants unexpectedly found themselves in a relegation battle, but Kim helped steady the ship as they narrowly survived in the Thai League.
Now preparing for a new challenge in China at age 33, he will be tasked with helping Henan Jianye survive in the top flight after collecting five points from their first six games.