WHAT’S in a jumper? Plenty, going by the Knights and Jets fans.
The Knights released their 2012 playing jersey last week which included a heritage strip, carrying red-and-blue vertical stripes.
The jersey, which is to mark the club’s 25th anniversary, was inspired by the premiership-winning kits of 1997 and 2001.
It will be worn in several NRL games next season.
The heritage jumper is almost identical to Hunter Sports Group stablemate the Newcastle Jets’ home strip.
The only noticeable difference is that the Knights jumpers has a white collar and trim on the arms, and the Jets have a gold, round neck collar.
Both are produced by HSG’s apparel supplier ISC. But the release has raised questions from fans of both teams.
Knights jumpers are available now at $140 for members ($160 for non-members). The Jets kit will cost $95 ($119.95 for non-members) and won’t be available until next month, a third of the way through the season.
Sidelines has done some investigating – we spoke to the merchandise manager at HSC – and can explain the difference.
The Knights jumpers are made in Australia and therefore can be produced quicker.
They are more expensive because they cost more to make.
A rugby league jumper by design needs to be more durable.
It weighs approximately 195grams and is made up of eight sewn sections, compared to a soccer shirt, which weighs 125grams and is comprised of two sections.
The reason the soccer shirts are made overseas is because the quality is not available in Australia.
If it is any consolation, both the Knights and the Jets replica jerseys are the cheapest to buy in their respective leagues.
While on playing jerseys, fans may have noticed the Jets altered their away strip in Adelaide on Friday night.
The gold numbers and names on the back were replaced with black.
The change was in response to calls from the fans who found it difficult to read the gold.