With the new football season fast approaching, the Western Sydney Wanderers have unveiled their new kit for the club’s upcoming A-League and W-League campaigns.
With Nike’s long-time apparel partnership with the Wanderers ending after eight seasons, iconic Italian sportwear brand Kappa has jumped on board.
In a club first, the Wanderers have launched their W-League home jersey with the A-League team’s home and away jersey, further emphasising the ongoing “one-club culture” that exists at Western Sydney.
Both the home and away jerseys will feature a collar design for the first time in the club’s history and are made out of Kappa’s Kombat Pro System technology used by clubs such as AS Monaco, Napoli and Fiorentina.
The new home jersey for both sides features the Wanderers signature Red & Black hoops, a white collar as well as the Kappa Omni on the chest and sleeves.
Subtle additions including the inscription “We Are The Red & Black” on the internal neckline and the club’s monogram on the back of the jersey brings together one of the Wanderers’ most club-inspired designs.
The new away jersey marks the return of the Wanderers famous white strip, featuring a Red & Black hoop on the sleeves and button-collar.
Western Sydney Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas said the new jerseys marked a new chapter in the Wanderers history.
“Our new home and away jerseys from Kappa link back to football’s history and traditions,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to see it on the pitch on both our A-League and Westfield W-League teams, as well as the members and fans in the stands.”
While many fans on social media have been praising the new kit design for its fresh look, some supporters haven’t been as welcoming.
One fan said: “Every team bringing up quality and then we get a crap home kit. Away is fine.”
Another fan posted: “Not a fan of jerseys with collars. And the hoops could be a little thinner. All will be forgiven though if we can field a competitive team.”
The new line of Kappa kits will be available this season in a ladies cut in the A-League home and away, as well as the W-League home jersey. Kids jerseys will be available in the A-League home and away jersey.
Nathan Taylor is the Weekender’s Deputy Editor and Senior Sports Writer. He also compiles the weekly Chatter on the Box TV column. Nathan is an award-winning journalist, who has worked at the Weekender for a decade.