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Breaking News ! With reports emerging in late October that Castore had a agreed a £5m deal with Newcastle, it appears increasingly likely they will take over the kit deal from Puma this summer. ChronicleLive took a closer look at the new brand. WHO ARE THEY? Castore is a premium sportswear brand who entered the market via tennis. They are comparatively young compared to other Premier League kit manufacturers having been founded by two brothers, Phil and Tom Beahon, from Liverpool in 2016. Interestingly Phil graduated from Newcastle University in 2014 with a law degree and in 2017 Castore was launched with the help of a start-up foundership offered by the university’s Careers Service. Both brothers are in their 30s and were once semi professional athletes. WILL CASTORE BE MANUFACTURING THE 2021-22 NEWCASTLE KIT? While both Castore and the club have yet to provide any official confirmation, industry experts suggest it’s a formality. Newcastle’s Puma deal actually expired last summer, but amid the pandemic and Saudi-led takeover speculation they agreed a one-year extension with Puma who have made Newcastle’s kit since 2010. Read More Related Articles Revealed: Exciting plans of new kit manufacturers and Newcastle takeover latest Read More Related Articles Castore kit deal further evidence of Newcastle United's 'lost decade' under Mike Ashley £5m A SEASON, IS THAT A GOOD DEAL? Everton’s last deal with Hummel was worth almost double that, and Newcastle’s last deal with Puma was said to be around £6.5m, so this would be another drop in club revenue to add to the losses incurred from a season and a half of empty stadiums due to the pandemic. IS THERE A LINK BETWEEN MIKE ASHLEY AND CASTORE? Amid rumours that Mike Ashley was a Castore shareholder, Tom Beahon told Sportsmail in May 2020. ‘'We have investors who like to remain private. Our biggest investor is one of the wealthiest families in the UK.
.” WHICH OTHER CLUB KITS ARE MADE BY CASTORE? At the minute just Glasgow Rangers whose kit supply they took over last summer for a price similar to the rumoured Newcastle deal. However, the brand are highly ambitious and have plans to establish themselves further in the football market. As well as advanced negotiations with Newcastle, Castore are said to be on the verge of inking deals to make the kits of Wolves and, having lost out on a deal with Roma to New Balance, they are currently in dialogue with Napoli and Lazio but only want to secure one deal in Italy. HAS THE RANGERS DEAL BEEN A SUCCESSFUL ENTRY INTO THE FOOTBALL MARKET? Yes and no. There were quality control issues early on after supporters noticed quality differences in kits. It transpired ‘pro’ versions of the shirt, which has a superior finish and feel, were sent to some supporters in error rather than standard replicas which are cheaper and more commonly sold to fans. It caused confusion and Castore issued a statement apologising. Castore also outsourced the manufacture of a junior lifestyle Rangers sweater in a bid to cope with early demand, this was deemed so low in quality by supporters that Castore withdrew it from sale and issued refunds. It seems the brand weren’t prepared for demand as a lack of baby kits also irked fans who felt let down by Castore. Things improved however, with an impressive 200,000 Rangers products sold in the first quarter and the Castore brothers enjoying a good relationship with manager Steven Gerrard. WHAT MIGHT A CASTORE NEWCASTLE KIT LOOK LIKE? Below is what Castore produced for Rangers this season
Rangers 2021-22 Castore Kits | footyheadlines.com
Renowned football kit websites Footy Headlines and Koncept Kitz have already been playing around with what a Castore Newcastle kit could look like based on the history of the club, Castore’s principles and what they have produced for Rangers already.
Newcastle United home klt, mocked up by Koncept Kitz
(Image: Koncept Kitz)
Newcastle United maroon Castore kit, based on recent Puma 2018/19 design
Newcastle United away kit alternative design, as mocked up by Koncept Kitz
Newcastle away kit, as designed by Koncept Kitz
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