National Rugby League (NRL) outfit Gold Coast Titans have unveiled UK sportswear manufacturer Classic as their new supply partner, as the fallout from BLK’s financial issues continue.
The team had previously signed a five-year kit deal with BLK in 2013, scheduled to run until the end of the 2018 season, but the company’s parent firm World Rugby Specialists Group went into receivership earlier this month and were unable to provide guarantees that the Titans’ 2017 kit would be supplied on time.
No financial details of the new deal with Classic were released, although the agreement is reported to run for the next three seasons.
“Anytime something like this happens it is difficult to process,” said Titans chief executive Graham Annesley.
“It has been made even more gut-wrenching as BLK is a local Gold Coast-based company. Unfortunately, we have had to make this decision to ensure we are in a position to meet our 2017 NRL commitments with the new season just around the corner.
“Although we really feel for BLK, we are absolutely delighted to be entering a long-term partnership with Classic Sportswear.”
The Titans have never won an NRL Premiership title, but did make it to the play-off finals for the first time in six years in 2016, losing out to local rivals Brisbane Broncos in the first round.