The Aquis Gold Coast Titans have today signed a three-year apparel partnership with Classic Sportswear, through until the end of season 2019.
Classic Sportswear has been manufacturing sportswear for over 80 years and is recognised throughout the sporting industry as a quality and reliable manufacturer, particularly in the Rugby League world.
With this announcement, the club has reluctantly ended its relationship with BLK after its parent company, World Rugby Specialists Group, went into receivership last month. Since that news became public knowledge, the Titans have continuously sought guarantees from BLK and the Receivers that our 2017 apparel would be produced and delivered on time as required under our contract. Unfortunately, despite repeated requests the club has not been provided with the necessary comfort to continue the relationship.
CEO Graham Annesley admitted that the decision to leave BLK was taken with a heavy heart.
"Anytime something like this happens it is difficult to process, and it has been made even more gut-wrenching as BLK is a local Gold Coast based company, " Annesley said.
"Unfortunately, we have had to make this decision to ensure we are in a position to meet our 2017 NRL commitments with the new season now just around the corner. Although we really feel for BLK, we are absolutely delighted to be entering a long-term partnership with Classic Sportswear.
"Classic is a well-respected brand with a long association with Rugby League, so today's announcement of the new deal is a great result for the club, our members, and our supporters. We are very excited about the future prospects for the Titans and our partnership with Classic."
Classic Sportswear CEO Steve Noyce is delighted to be joining forces with the Titans.
"We are extremely excited to be partnering with the Aquis Gold Coast Titans," Noyce said. "Season 2016 saw the team improve significantly and we believe there are some exciting times ahead for the club. We also see great opportunities in growing their brand through our Retail network and working with them in the general community in which we have some strong relationships."
"It is a first for our company to have an elite sporting team in Queensland so we believe this will be the start of a long and prosperous partnership. We are very appreciative of the opportunity and the level of professionalism of the organisation during this period of change and have no doubt that this will continue in the years to come."