Wigan Athletic have revealed their home kit for the upcoming 2014-15 season, as unveiled by the Latics' official Twitter account:
The Championship side also provided a close-up of the club's crest on the classy design:
Uwe Rosler's team will hope the simple striped design can inspire them to glory next season. Wigan racked up 73 points during the 2013-14 campaign—their first season back in England's second tier after suffering relegation with Roberto Martinez—winning 21, drawing 10 and losing 15 of their 46 matches in a crammed schedule.
While this led Dave Whelan's side into the playoffs, Wigan stuttered across two legs with eventual winners Queens Park Rangers. A 2-1 extra-time loss during the Loftus Road second leg was enough to see Wigan's advances halted for another season at least.
Captain Emmerson Boyce can't wait for the challenge of next season and admires the new shirt's classic style, saying, "It’s exciting when you see the new kit and I like the stripes, they’re the tradition for us," per Wigan's official website.
Similarly, recent signing Oriol Riera is excited by finally stepping into his debut strip. The Spanish striker—who is preparing for his first season in England after signing from Osasuna in June, per Simon Jones of the Daily Mail—also spoke to the club site:
"Now that I have worn the shirt on my back I can’t wait to get started in my new adventure," said Riera. "It looks great, it makes me want to play."
The 28-year-old won't have long to wait. He can expect to feature during Tuesday's home match with Turkish side Besiktas. This also represents the debut of new sponsor Intersport, confirmed by the club's Twitter feed:
Once preseason concludes, Wigan's first league test of the season comes on Saturday, Aug. 9, when the DW Stadium will usher in the new term against Reading.
Adult shirt prices for the new season—ranging from Small to 4XL and 8-16—have been frozen at £39.99. Junior Boys' shirts can be purchased in sizes Small to Extra Large and will set you back £29.99, with Baby kits between six and 12 months costing the same. So-called "Mini Kits" for toddlers between two to five years old are priced at £34.99.
The new strip is available from Aug. 2, but can be pre-ordered through the club's website or via the DW Wigan Town Centre Grand Arcade.
Rosler and his team possess the quality to improve on last season's showing, which may prove to be a little easier since the Latics aren't expected to compete in the Europa League. Although a welcome challenge after winning the 2012-13 FA Cup, Wigan's squad won't be stretched so thoroughly during next season's schedule.
As such, the team can expect to challenge for a top-five place once more.