Russian international Ivan Komarov has signed a contract to continue his season with Turkish club ZiraatBank Ankara. The move comes after Komarov decided to leave Dinamo Krasnodar as a result of unpaid salaries.
The 24-year old Komarov has spent most of his professional career in Russia. As an outside hitter, he spikes at 358cm (140″) and blocks at 355cm (139″).
Komarov steps into a much better situation with his new club, who are currently playing in the CEV Champions League in Europe, and sits atop the Turkish league standings after 15 games with a 12-3 record. Komarov has past experience in the CEV Champions League from when he played in the 2014 tournament with Russian side Lokomotiv Bovosibirsk. Since that time, Komarov has made huge improvements in his vertical ability, including 28 centimeters in his official listed block height.
Even with Komarov’s departure, Krasnodar remains in a dire financial position. The 13th-ranked team in the 14 team Russian SuperLeague just received a 70 million ruble (USD1.2 million) infusion, but still says it doesn’t have enough to catch up on unpaid salaries from this season.