Aston Villa are expected to be offered two solutions to the current Castore kit problem
Players are unhappy with this season’s ‘wet’ kits, which do not absorb sweat, leaving them drenched in heavy, soaking shirts just minutes after Premier League and Europa Conference League matches begin.
According to the Telegraph, kit manufacturer Castore has “identified the cause of the problem” and Villa will be able to choose one of two available solutions.
The first will involve Villa receiving a “complete batch of new shirts”, while the second is expected to include “minor adjustments” made to the current strip.
The national newspaper also quoted an “industry insider” as telling them that “the Villa shirt’s ability to effectively absorb sweat is affected by an imbalance regarding the club’s main sponsor logo, not poor quality fabric”.
Although no decision has yet been confirmed by Castore or Villa, it is likely that small tweaks will be chosen on a brand new range of kits for the players.
There was also no time frame provided, but as the cause has now been identified, a solution is unlikely to take too long.
Villa and Castore are said to be negotiating to terminate their contracts early at the end of this season due to the issue angering the players.
Other kit manufacturers are said to have encountered the same problem but fixed it before it became publicly available.
In a statement last month, Castore said:
“There has been speculation in the media about a potential issue with the kits supplied by Castore to Aston Villa Football Club.
We are working closely with the club to resolve the issue as quickly as possible to meet the standards we expect.
We would like to thank the club for their patience and support to date.
“As a proud new British brand, we hold ourselves to the highest standards and do everything we can to continually improve the performance of our products. This means responding to customer concerns with speed and humility.