Niall McGinn completes move to South Korea

Niall McGinn today completed a move to Gwangju FC in South Korea, becoming the first Irishman ever to have signed for a Korean club.

The Northern Ireland international and former Dungannon Swifts, Derry City, Celtic, Brentford and Aberdeen player flew to Korea on Sunday to complete the move.

This came after a period of discussion which involved the K-League side club President, Ki Young-Ok, travelling to Belfast for talks.

Ki Young-Ok is the father of McGinn’s former Celtic FC team-mate Ki Sung-Yueng.

The winger was accompanied to Korea by Evolve Football agent, Gerry Carlile, and the transfer was concluded this morning.

Gwangju FC play their games at the 40,000 capacity Gwangju World Cup stadium.

Niall McGinn said:

"This is a new and exciting challenge for me, one that is very different to anything I have experienced in my career to date.

"I am looking forward to continuing my career at Gwangju FC. I am the first Irish player ever to have signed for a Korean club.

"I have been researching Asian football and Korean football in particular and I have been very impressed with the scale and speed of the growth of football in this part of the world.

"I will give this club the same effort and commitment as I have given my other clubs to date.

"I look forward to the challenge ahead."

Edward Gray