Reebok Contract Ending Gives Club Golden Opportunity
Under normal circumstances, home shirts are changed every two years and away shirts every year. It has been noted recently by many supporters that our Club shop has discounted the current home and away shirt (which were brought out this season) to £25 and all other merchandise bearing the Reebok slogan is also on sale at reduced prices. Such action has helped support the rumours circulating that our Club's relationship with Reebok is to finish at the end of this season.
Our Club has not commented publicly on the situation and we have no wish to add to what is already being discussed on forums and websites, however, we will share with you our idea for what we see as a Golden Opportunity for our Club when Reebok's contract does end. When that time comes and a new kit supplier has been appointed it is our opinion that the supporter's views and opinions should be sought by our Club and the new kit supplier. In particular, we would like to see supporters consulted in the shirt design process.
Our suggestion is this, that supporters should be actively asked to put forward their designs for the next home shirt with the winning three designs chosen by an independent panel and put forward for inclusion in the choice of home shirts available which would then be voted on by the supporters. Not only would this process ensure that our Club are keen to include the supporters in important decisions that affect them but it may also ensure that the first home shirt manufactured by the new kit supplier is a sell-out/ commercial success.
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