By Yoon Chul
Footballer Shin Young-rok has left his team in the Turkish League and returned to Korea.
His agency said Shin left Turkish Super Lig team Bursaspor because of an unpaid bonus.
``Shin never received his signing bonus, which should have been paid when Shin first joined the team. So, we have declared him to be a free agent and he arrived in Korea on Oct. 9,'' Shin's agency, Footballstar Factory, said.
The 22-year-old Korean agreed to a 1 billion won contract, which included both his signing bonus and annual salary, in January.
The Turkish team did not pay his signing bonus, the agency said, despite demands submitted in writing that the club honor the terms of his contract.
Bursaspor has also been consistently late in paying his salary since the summer, further leading the Korean to take action.
Shin's agency defended the player's course of action.
``We already got an answer from FIFA that it is an acceptable procedure to declare free agency when the team does not pay money owed. FIFA also confirmed that the club is wrong for failing to honor the terms of the contract,'' the Footballstar Factory agent added.
The Turkish press has reported that Bursaspor will file a lawsuit against Shin.
``We cannot confirm whether Bursaspor has filed a lawsuit or not,'' said the agency. ``But even if it does, we definitely have confidence that (Shin) would win such a lawsuit."
Shin is now at home training on his own and looking for a new team.
``Because of the contract issue, Shin will not return to Bursaspor,'' the agency said.
``Some European teams are already interested in signing him. We will search for a new team, leaving open all possibilities, including joining a domestic club.''