Kim to Go, Go to Come


The Sandpit has been sitting on the Port transfer story of the winter for the last couple of weeks now, awaiting the nod from those involved to go public. The story hit the Korean media yesterday and has now reached Thailand so here goes (although the club have yet to officially confirm it): Port have signed former Buriram midfielder Go Seul-Ki!

The big box-to-box midfielder joins Port from the Isaan club after spending 2018 back in his native South Korea on loan at Incheon Utd. 32-year old Ki has an AFC Champions League medal from Ulsan Hyundai, as well as two TPL medals, a Thai FA Cup medal and two Thai League Cup medals from his time at Buriram. Port have apparently fought off five other Korean clubs who were after his services for next season, so it’s quite a coup.

Along with the signing of Bangkok Utd midfielder Sumanya, it’s an exciting deal for Port – Ki is pure quality and adds a bit of steel to a midfield that has looked very lightweight these last couple of seasons. And if 2019 is indeed Madame Pang’s final season, it’s clear she intends to leave with a bit of silverware.

Ki’s arrival means that one of the club’s existing foreigners has to make way, and we believe that will be his fellow Korean Kim Sung Hwan, who will leave on loan, with Suphanburi having been mentioned as a possible destination. Kim had his moments last season but was way too inconsistent, and there’s no doubt that Ki is a massive upgrade. Exciting times for Port fans!


Tim Russell

Tim Russell

The founder and editor of The Sandpit, Tim has been in SE Asia since 2003 and in Bangkok since 2012, where he runs a travel tech business. Tim has followed Port FC since 2014, and is also a fan of his hometown club Coventry City, and French club AS St-Etienne. He has written for the likes of Football365, ITV.com, NME and The Quietus, and is a regular contributor to God Is In the TV. He's a keen photographer and his work can be seen on his website.

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  1. James says:

    Yes! What a great signing! Kim moving on loan to Suphanburi isn’t a horrible idea either, he could either play a part on his return, or shift him upon his return. Positive signs, a few more pieces and 2019 is looking extremely exciting 😀


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