Stoke City, a member of the English Championship (second division), announced the recruitment of Bae Joon-ho on the 31st (Korea Standard Time). The contract period is four years until 2027.
Bae Joon-ho, who has been a promising player since high school, joined Daejeon, which was a member of the K League 2 at the time, in 2022 and took the professional stage. At a young age, he scored one goal in eight games and played in both games of the promotion and relegation playoffs.
His performance continued even after he was promoted to the K League 1 this season. He has established himself as the next-generation star by scoring two goals in 17 games. Last month, he faced Atletico Madrid as a member of the team’s K League and predicted the possibility of playing on the European stage.
Bae Joon-ho was active even with the Taegeuk mark. He led South Korea to the semifinals at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in June.
Ricky Martin, technical director of Stoke, said about Bae Joon-ho, “He has a talent that caught the attention of the power analysis team at the U-20 World Cup in Argentina,” adding, “I watched the K-League game he played this season.”
He said, “I’m looking forward to Bae Joon-ho’s potential,” adding, “I believe he will continue to develop when he gets used to our team and the English stage.”
Bae Joon-ho said, “I’ve always wanted to play on the English stage, but my dream came true,” adding, “This is only the beginning.” “I will build a successful career with Stoke,” he vowed.
He also said, “I was able to achieve my first goal as a soccer player by debuting as a professional player in Daejeon,” adding, “Thank you for supporting me to move toward a bigger goal now.” “I will do my best with the thought of representing Daejeon anywhere,” he said adding, “I will repay the love I received from my fans in Daejeon.”
Meanwhile, Stoke, where Bae Joon-ho joined this time, competed in the Premier League until the 2016-17 season. He ranked 16th in the EFL Championship last season and is ranked 10th this season with 2 wins and 2 losses.