“I want to play for a long time if I get a chance”… A 29-year-old Japanese libero who is determined to leave the company, is serious about going to Korea 

“If there is a chance, I want to play in Korea for a long time.”

2023 KOVO Men’s Asia Quarter Tryout in progress in Jeju Island. The 24 players did their best to get noticed by the coaches and coaching staff of the 7 clubs through two practice games.

Among them, Libero, wearing the number 21 vest and sweeping the coat, stood out. His name is Ryohei Iga.

Iga caught everyone’s attention by showing a stable and relaxed appearance in the libero position. The expectations of several clubs who were interested in him even before the start of the tryout have now become the conviction that ‘he will do better when he comes to the V-League’.

Iga plays for Panasonic in Japan’s V.League. In the Japanese league, which has a semi-professional character, if Iga is selected, he has a strong desire to quit his Japanese league life and continue his career in Korea. It’s not ‘for a while’. ‘Long, long, long’ Leega’s dream is to play in Korea.

Iga, who we met on the 26th, said, “I think I showed 100% performance in the two practice games. He is still determined to leave the company, and his mind has not changed.”

“As a professional player, I have a strong desire to play for a long time in the Korean league. He started as a starter at Panasonic the previous season, but he had a strong desire to advance to overseas leagues from before. He said his goal is to live in Korea for a long time.”

Plays his libero position. He positions the players on the receiving line, and good communication with his teammates is essential as he has a lot of work to do. 크크크벳

He said, “There are a lot of foreign players in the current team. He communicated while studying English. He intends to continue studying in the future.”

I’ve seen the V-League before. He is positive not only to the V-League, but also to Korean food and culture. I’m not used to it yet, but I can say ‘thank you’ and ‘hello’ in Korean. effort stands out.

He said, “I didn’t choose food from the beginning. I eat kimchi well, and spicy food is no problem.” “I was very interested in Korean volleyball. There are many similarities with Korean libero players, so I took a lot of reference.”

Finally, “Individual competence is important, but in the end, team play is important. It is important to help other players move well and communicate smoothly. Also, playing the game diligently under the direction of the coach is what a player should do,” he said, reaffirming his determination.


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