KPS Stocznia Szczecin has been very busy this summer and making hefty investments to get their club at the top of the Polish PlusLiga. The team went 10-20 last year, and they finished 13th place after the regular season and playoffs. Rumors surfaced that they were going to use this off-season to assemble a “super team” to challenge those at the top of Polish volleyball.
As the last few weeks have gone by, it seems that the rumors have been true. It started with the addition of Bartosz Kurek on June 24th. The opposite on the Polish National Team played sparingly last season at Ziraat Bankasi in Poland. The next player to make his way to Szczecin was former national team setter, Łukasz Żygadło. On June 29th they announced that Radostin Stoychev will join the club as sports director.
On July 3rd it became official that Simon Van De Voorde is moving back to Poland from Iran to play for KPS Stocznia Szczecin. The Belgian middle blocker played last season with Paykan Tehran and finished in 3rd place. Prior to that he played two seasons at Diatec Trentino. He won a silver medal in the CEV Champions League in 2016 and a silver medal in the Italian SuperLega in 2017.
Van De Voorde is a part of the Belgian National Team and represented his country at the 2014 World Championships. He helped them win a gold medal at the 2013 European League as well. Van De Voorde also was on the team the last time Belgium participated in the FIVB World League in 2016.
Said Van De Voorde of his new opportunity,” I am glad that I join the team from Szczecin and I hope that together we will have a very successful season.”