Rumours have circled today over the appearance of Sunderland’s new home strip for the forthcoming season, which we’re led to believe could be made available in time for the club’s potential trip to Wembley should we make it through to the Play-Off Final.
GVC - the parent company of Sunderland AFC’s principle sponsor BETDAQ - announced last month that they’d be pulling out of all shirt sponsorship deals for the forthcoming season, meaning that the club’s shirts will not carry their logo during the 2019/20 campaign.
Instead, we understand that the logo of a charity will adorn the shirts, as chosen by the club’s chief sponsor, the details of which are likely to be announced very soon.
We’re told the shirt has more white on it this season and has an all-white panel on the back, with red Adidas stripes on the shoulders - though the new sponsor’s logo on the front is white font on a red panel, similar colour to the red on the shirt, and blends in somewhat.
There are three red stripes on the front and two white, with a white collar.
Minor details, but something to share all the same - here’s hoping the Lads get through down at Fratton Park on Thursday and we’ll see them wearing their new kits on Play-Off final day on the 26th of May.
This will potentially be the last home strip made by Adidas, whose deal with the club expires following the culmination of the forthcoming season.
Sunderland owner Stewart Donald revealed during his last appearance on the Roker Rapport Podcast that the club have entered into discussions with a number of kitmakers, and that Adidas have a clause in their deal which allows them to match the top bidder. Donald also said that, for the 2020/21 season, he felt the fans should be involved in the decision-making process for choosing the new strips.