Everton reached a five-year agreement with sportswear company Umbro to design and produce the club's kit starting next season. Manager Roberto Martinez was instrumental in working with the British outlet about all aspects of the uniform.
The Toffees announced the new deal on their official site. Martinez said the deal was months in the making and should ensure the club are provided with top-quality kits for the next five years:
Everyone at the Club is not only delighted, but excited, to be back wearing the Umbro diamond next season.
I have been involved in a number of discussions with Umbro over the past few months in preparation for next season and their approach to quality, design and the technical aspects of the product is unique and I have no doubt it will help us to perform to our full potential on the pitch.
Umbro vice president of global marketing Paul Nugent said fans should expect "smart, modern and importantly, unique kits" moving forward and called the opportunity exciting:
Everton is a club with the right character, personality and tradition so it's the perfect partner for Umbro. The prospect of working with a club that is as ambitious as we are is hugely exciting.
The release notes Everton previously worked with Umbro across four decades starting in the 1970s. The new agreement will take effect in June with the new kit becoming available by July.
Greg O'Keeffe of the Liverpool Echo reports the announcement made at Umbro's offices included the display of some former Everton kits in which the club enjoyed title success:
Looking ahead, Everton hope they can match that type of success in the new Umbro kits. Going back to a company with which the club has so much history obviously creates a nice connection, but it's ultimately the results on the pitch that matter.
The partnership with Umbro is something to look forward to come summer. For now, however, Everton are still focused on making a charge into Champions League position. They are currently two points behind rival Liverpool for a spot in the top four.
Getting to display the new kits in the elite European club competition next season would be a perfect way to welcome Umbro back.
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