Port Vale chief executive Colin Garlick says supporters will notice a difference with the club’s new kit…..but he’s not giving any more clues away.
The club’s new strip for the 2020/21 season has understandably been overshadowed by other issues facing the Vale over the last two months.
The season was suspended in mid-March and League Two clubs voted on Friday to scrap the rest of the campaign.
But while that gives clubs some certainty, they still don’t know when the new season can begin or when crowds will be allowed back at matches. Players and staff have also been furloughed to protect the business.
With all that in mind, it’s been hard for Vale to continue with the normal business of a club at this time of the season.
But the chief executive says work on the new kit is underway.
He said: “It is important to us and the normal business of designing the shirts etcetera has been taking place…..although it has been slightly different.
“I won’t say any more than that, but it has been slightly different.
“We are looking to release a shirt and we will get to a launch date with that hopefully very soon.”
Shirt sales could be one source of income for the club which is battling through a financial crisis in the lower divisions.
League Two clubs rely heavily on gate receipts and Vale still had five home matches to play when the season was cut short – including a lucrative Vale Park match against Crewe.
The club is being helped through the crisis by owners Carol and Kevin Shanahan. They had the Vale running at a profit within nine months or taking over last May, but are now having to put in their own funds to ensure the Vale can stay afloat.
They are also trying to ensure the club is in as strong a position as possible when football can return. So, they sanctioned seven contract offers when the club’s retained list was issued this week.