Newcastle Jets have confirmed the club won’t make wholesale changes to their strip for the coming season, but will move away from the Newcastle Knights look.
The Jets held a members’ forum on Thursday evening at Panthers Newcastle, with A-League head Damien de Bohun and club CEO Mitchell Murphy present, alongside local football identity David Lowe.
Leading into the forum there had been discussion around Newcastle’s colours, having moved away from the A-League club’s original gold strip to a red and blue uniform similar to the city’s NRL club under previous owner Nathan Tinkler.
There were also member rumblings about the Newcastle KB United colours of emerald green, white and cinnamon brown, which the club has worn in its away strip in recent times.
Murphy said production deadlines meant they couldn’t radically alter their strip for the 2015-16 season, but confirmed the club was looking to change its look, and ultimately its identity.
He also said members would be consulted about a potential colour change in 12 months' time.
“We will go away from the Newcastle Knights look,” Murphy told the club’s members’ forum.
“One of the first things I said when I came here a few months ago was that we need our own identity.
“To use a cliché, we haven’t thrown the baby out with the bath water, we have retained our new-look strip, our core colours and crest.
“We have brought back some intertwining of gold within that design and from a pattern we’ve gone right away from the Knights.
“Our away strip is a reverse of that and a very clean look.”
Murphy added: “Our intent looking forward to season 2016-17, we would like to completely engage with our membership and have a discussion about the long-term colours.
“From a production point of view, we’ve had to make some decisions about that over the past couple of months, otherwise literally you won’t get the gear in time.”
Murphy also revealed the club would play a couple of games next season in a full gold strip to “honour the past”, while he confirmed a round eight home fixture against Brisbane Roar would see a tribute strip to the nearby RAAF base along with a hornet flying over the stadium.
The 2015-16 A-League fixtures haven’t been confirmed yet, but de Bohun confirmed Newcastle’s first home game of the season would be in round two against champions Melbourne Victory.
The A-League boss implored the local community to use that fixture to get behind their club.comments