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Wednesday, 01 July 2015

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Bluebirds pounce on Puma kit deal

THEY make the kits worn by Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United – now Barrow AFC are the latest club to be pounced on by Puma.

KITTED OUT: How the new Barrow AFC Puma kits will look next season – left to right, home, away and pre-season friendlies

The Bluebirds have struck a four-year deal with the international sportswear giant, and the famous logo will appear on the team’s kit until 2016.

The team will again wear white shirts with a blue trim for home games next season, while the away kit will be sky blue with a black trim.

Barrow will also wear a new kit for pre-season games.

This will be based on the club’s first ever strip of 1901, which was repeated more recently in the centenary season, and will feature a black and white striped shirt.

As part of the agreement Puma replica shirts and leisure wear will be sold in the club shop at Furness Building Society Stadium.

AFC football secretary Russell Dodd said: “We are delighted to have landed a supplier who can furnish us with a world renowned quality brand in Puma. The product range is exciting and we hope fans will like the new kits and also the Puma leisure wear that we will sell in the shop.”

The club say a small number of the black and white friendly kit replica shirts will be on sale by early June.

The replica home shirts are expected to arrive before the first friendly, against a Furness Select XI on Saturday July 7, with the away kit replicas in stock from early August.

The relationship between the club and Puma will be managed by Genesis Sports.

Head of team wear at Genesis Sports, Adam Jude, said: “As the brand’s exclusive licensee for Puma Pro Teamsports, Genesis is delighted to be working with Barrow AFC going forward to deliver the full range of technical kit and training wear for both players and supporters.”

Dodd added: “We conducted a comparison of the deals of three different suppliers, and Genesis with Puma was by far the best option for the club on all factors.

“We look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship over the next four seasons.”

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