An exclusive claims that details of the 2017/18 Newcastle United home shirt have been leaked.
The report says that the new home kit will be released in June this year and that as well as a new sponsor(s), the shirt will see a different badge/crest used.
The exclusive on the Footy Headlines website says that their inside information is that instead of the current badge, a special crest will be used.
They say that this will mark the 125 year anniversary since the club as we know it was formed in 1892.
As well as a new crest/badge being allegedly used, they claim that the design will also lose all the gold that is incorporated in the current design, with instead a more simple/traditional black and white look.
Recent weeks have seen the local media reporting Lee Charnley in China talking to potential new shirt sponsors, as well as others in the UK.
With only two months until this claimed June 2017 unveiling of the kit, it doesn’t leave much of a lead in time for the kits to be manufactured, once a new sponsor and promotion (or not) is confirmed.
If back in the Premier League, we could actually see two different sponsors on next season’s Newcastle United home shirt.
With no league sponsor now, Premier League clubs are allowed to have a separate brand on the sleeve as well as the main sponsor on the front of the shirt. Though of course clubs can choose to sell the whole package just to one sponsor.
News of a potential sleeve sponsor if/when back in the top tier, has already seen some Newcastle fans worrying that this will be Mike Ashley’s first route into putting Sports Direct branding on the NUFC kit.
After putting up with Wonga on the shirt in recent years, supporters are hoping for the best when it comes to the next kit sponsor and assuming that at worst, it can’t be as bad as the current one.