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Former Pohang defender Choi Hyo-jin joins FC Seoul

January 13, 2010

FC Seoul have beaten Kawasaki Frontale to the signature of former Pohang Steelers right-back Choi Hyo-jin.

Choi starred in Pohang's successful 2009 Asian Champions League campaign but his contract with the K-League club expired and a number of clubs from South Korea and Japan expressed their interest in the pacy right-sided player.

It was widely expected that Kawasaki would land the 2010 World Cup hopeful but the 26 year-old decided to pen a four-year contract with FC Seoul.

''It is great to join FC Seoul. I have met Seoul's players many times in the past and know them well so I don't think it is going to be a big problem to adapt and fit in,'' Choi told the club's official website.

''Through my committed performances on the pitch, I hope to earn the trust and love of the FC Seoul fans. I am looking forward to a new challenge and can't wait for the start of the new season.''

After missing out on the K-League title last season and falling at the quarter-final stage of the Asian Champions League, Seoul's new boss Nelo Vingada is rebuilding ahead of the new season.

The capital club have already signed international goalkeeper Kim Yong-dae from Seongnam Ilhwa for a fee close to one million dollars.