Hor­nets sign deal with O’Neills

Rochdale Observer - - TRAVEL -

ROCHDALE Hor­nets have an­nounced a sig­nif­i­cant part­ner­ship with sports­wear gi­ant O’Neills Ir­ish In­ter­na­tional Sports­wear.

The club has agreed a two-year deal with the Ir­ish based sports ap­parel man­u­fac­turer which will see them bring a range of play­ing, train­ing and leisurewear to the club both in the shop and on­line.

The deal sees Hor­nets work­ing with for­mer as­sis­tant coach Paul Berry who works for O’Neills in a sales ca­pac­ity.

Hor­nets di­rec­tor Luke Har­ri­son said: “We are de­lighted to link up with O’Neills for the next two years, they are an ex­cel­lent com­pany who are very customer fo­cussed and sup­port dozens of rugby league clubs in both the pro­fes­sional and com­mu­nity game.

“Mer­chan­dis­ing at the club has al­ways been dif­fi­cult but work­ing with O’Neills will al­low us to be much more flex­i­ble in how we go about this. We will be able to utilise their web shop which is sec­ond to none along with tak­ing some stock in the club shop.

“We have worked closely with Paul to put to­gether kits for next year and while the home one is more or less com­plete, we will be look­ing to the sup­port­ers to help us de­cide on the al­ter­nate strip. De­tails of that will be an­nounced in the next cou­ple of weeks.”

O’Neills was founded in 1918 as a man­u­fac­turer of Gaelic foot­balls and it is now the largest sports­wear manufacturing com­pany in Ire­land. They em­ploy over 700 peo­ple in Ire­land along with staff in the UK, France, USA and Aus­tralia and have ex­ten­sive manufacturing plants in Stra­bane, County Ty­rone and in Dublin.

O’Neills Sales Man­ager Paul Berry said: “O’Neills are de­lighted to be work­ing along­side Rochdale Hor­nets for the next 2 years in what is an ex­cit­ing time for the club go­ing into their sec­ond sea­son in the King­stone Press Cham­pi­onship. We have a full range of mer­chan­dise planned which will be launched very soon and will in­clude some new lines along the course of the sea­son to fall in line with the spring and sum­mer months.”

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