|National team captain Trần Thị Thanh Thuý will have a five day trial in Japan and could sign a contract with a undisclosed club. — Photo vtv.vn|
HÀ NỘI — The captain of the national women's volleyball team Trần Thị Thanh Thuý will have a five-day trial in Japan from July 22 to 26.
The 21-year-old Bình Điền Long An Club star is Việt Nam's most important player at the moment.
"The Japanese club do not want to announce their name until the contract is signed," said Thái Bửu Lâm, director of the MTV Bình Điền Long An Sports Company. "Thuý will take part in the Asian Women's U23 Volleyball Championship in Hà Nội from July 13 to 21 and then will leave for Japan. If successful, she will play for the new club for one year starting from late this year."
"We can't tell their name but I promise they are one of the five strongest teams in Japan's championship," he said. "Thuý may be a teammate of many Japanese national team players."
Thuý is 1.93m, the tallest female player in Việt Nam, with her vertical reach hitting 3.04m. She has been a member of the national team since 2014 when she was 16. She hit an impressive volley speed of 86km per hour during the semi-final of the Chinese Taipei Tournament when she played for Attack Line club in January.
"I am excited with the invitation to Japan," said Thuý. "I really want to test my technique in the Japanese championship which is one of the highest quality leagues on the continent with many outstanding players."
Thuý's salary for a potential new contract has not been revealed.
Director Lâm said Thuý is also drawing interest from a club in Turkey but she is more interested in playing in Japan. — VNS