CARLTON in 2019 could be again forced to wear its grey clash jumper, which has been described as “disgraceful” and “insipid” among savage backlash from fans and club greats this season.
After five years of a predominantly white jumper, the Blues moved to a colour described as “wolf grey” for away matches this season.
But the guernseys have drawn great disdain, with many questioning the strange dark back pockets on the shorts and suggesting the colour looked a lot better in promotional photos than on the field.
Blues great Robert Walls said Blues fans were “embarrassed” by the team’s 2018 away guernsey.
Fairfax Media reported on Tuesday night that the Blues were working tirelessly to renegotiate their contract with Nike. Part of that deal would include donning an alternate strip that would better reflect the club’s ‘Navy Blue’ history.
But because the widely-renowned manufacturing king’s design process operates up to two years in advance, the Blues could be locked in to the maligned strip.
“As a global brand, we are restricted with lead-in times for production, which means that next year’s clash strip was ordered from Nike more than 12 months ago,” Blues chief executive Cain Liddle told Fairfax Media.
“We are however in discussions with Nike about what changes can be made in order to deliver a clash strip in Carlton’s traditional navy blue and white colours for 2019.”
The Herald Sun also reported that the Blues were considering all options for their clash strip. One of those could see them turn back to a previous alternate strip, which was mainly white with a navy blue club monogram.
After the Blues wore the grey guernsey in their Sunday twilight loss to Fremantle, club great Walls described the strip as “insipid” and “disgraceful”.
“Carlton supporters are embarrassed looking at the navy blue being sent out in that insipid silver strip,” Walls told Fox Sports News’ AFL Tonight.
“And someone at Carlton, show some strength and courage to say to the AFL, we’re not going to perform in a jumper that makes a mockery of our history.”