Aston Villa players complain Castore shirts are having negative impact on performances
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Aston Villa players have reportedly told the club hierarchy that they are unhappy with this season's wet-look shirts, which they claim are having an affect on performances.
Like most Premier League clubs Villa launched a new home, away and third kit this term, but supporters have have noticed the shirts are quickly becoming wet through, while perspiration sees it cling to players during games.
And the Telegraph has alleged that this has prompted players to complain, claiming it is having an impact on performances. Meanwhile they have told members of the Villa bosses that the shirts become uncomfortable and heavy.
The problem has been particularly obvious on the home shirts, which quickly turn much darker that their original claret during games. However, players have reportedly claimed the white away kit is just as bad.
Villa are two years into their "multi-year deal" with Castore and it remains to be seen whether or not the issue could affect that deal.
Indeed, Newcastle triggered an exit clause to free themselves of a contract with Castore that had been due to run to 2027, so they can switch to Adidas from the start of next season.
Speaking to Telegraph Sport, a source close to a Villa player, said: “The players are having to play in soaking wet t-shirts and it is a problem that needs to be solved. It cannot go on all season. The players look like they’ve jumped in a swimming pool after about 10 minutes.”
Despite the complaints, Villa have won four of their opening six Premier League games.
Meanwhile, the issue will not impact replica shirts bought by fans, meaning the club will not face the possibility of having to recall kits or issue replacements to the public.
SPORTbible have approached Castore for comment on the matter.
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