Park “Teddy” Jin-seong has finally re-signed with T1, the organisation revealed today. The new contract will last for two more years, taking him up to 2022. This move has been hugely expected, since Park has been one of the most consistent players in the team and in the LCK as a whole for a while now.
“I am really glad to continue being with T1,” said the player in an announcement video. “I would also like to thank T1 for nurturing me and giving me a good offer” he added.
“I wanted to sign Teddy, because he’s the best AD Carry in the world and a perfect fit for what we’re trying to build at T1” summed up Joe Marsh, CEO of T1.
Teddy has become an integral part of T1's success since joining the roster (Picture: LCK)
Teddy has been a part of T1, back then known as SKT T1, since November 2018. He joined the main roster alongside Khan and Clid, who have both since left. Since then T1 has won every split in the LCK, with 2020’s Spring being it’s 3rd in a row and 9th overall for the organisation, and Teddy himself has been named MVP in one of them.
Our photos from the actual signing! It is a priority for us, when possible, to no longer wait for the November signing period to re-sign our players. We knew we wanted Teddy long term and the feeing was mutual. @wontons and I are excited for the future with @T1__Teddy. LGI~! pic.twitter.com/edEEPXw3dy— Joe Marsh (@JoeMar) June 16, 2020
Despite being successful in their own league, Faker’s squad has failed to triumph internationally in the last season, losing in the semi-finals of both the 2019 Mid-Season International and Worlds in the same year, to G2 Esports.
With all the roster's up and downs, Jin-seong has been a beacon of light, with many recognising the AD Carry as the strongest part of T1. The majority of the Korean roster had renewed their contracts with the organisation with, until now, fans left waiting for Teddy to do likewise.
The only exception was Teddy, whose contract was about to expire this November, and with Bot Laner doing so well lately, there was no doubt that he was being looked at by other Korean, and if rumours are to be believed, Chinese teams. That is why it was only a matter of time for the organisation to propose him new and better terms.
The LCK is set to return on 17th June with Afreeca Freecs taking on SANDBOX Gaming, followed by T1 playing versus DRX. It will be available to watch on Twitch, YouTube, and on lolesports.
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