|Yun Suk-young ( Yonhap News)|
Yun Suk-young, the South Korean footballer about to join the Queens Park Rangers in the English Premier League, said he hopes to establish himself as a successful defender in England.
Yun arrived at Heathrow Airport Thursday night from Bangkok, Thailand, where he’d been training with his South Korean club, the Chunnam Dragons, in the first-division K League Classic.
The Dragons had said Yun would fly to London to undergo medical tests before signing his contract with QPR.
The deal would make Yun the 11th South Korean to don a Premier League uniform.
The 22-year-old will also join veteran South Korean midfielder Park Ji-sung on QPR.
“I’ve wanted to play in the Premier League for a long time,” Yun said. “I am only focused on making quick adjustments to English football and giving everything I have to become a successful defensive back in the Premier League.”
Yun said he’s “delighted” to play alongside Park, adding it will be “a good opportunity to learn from such a great player.”
Yun, however, will try to follow in the footsteps of another South Korean veteran.
Among 10 South Koreans who reached the Premiership before Yun, only Lee Young-pyo had been a defender.
Lee carved out a solid three-year career with Tottenham Hotspur before moving on to Germany, Saudi Arabia and finally Canada in Major League Soccer.
Both Lee and Yun play the left wingback position, where players are counted on to shut down opponents on defense and also jump in on offense to create scoring chances.
“Lee Young-pyo has left his mark in the English Premier League,” Yun noted. “I will try to grow as a player and try to be like him.” (Yonhap News)