Watford remain confident they will be in a position to launch their new kit and training wear before Sunday’s game at Woking.
Eyebrows were raised on Monday when images and footage from day one of pre-season training showed staff and players wearing last season’s Puma range, which has been discontinued and is being sold at discounted rates in the club shop, instead of the new apparel by DRYWORLD.
There was, we are told, some frantic sourcing of last season’s range by kit manager Will Jones and some last-minute printing of initials on the training kit for the likes of Giuseppe Pondrelli, the new trainer who is one of nine members of Walter Mazzarri’s backroom team.
New signing Abdoulaye Doucoure had to wear last season’s training gear with the No 16 on it, the squad number handed to Sean Murray last season while Jerome Sinclair wore kit bearing the No 19, the number assumed by Miguel Layun before he joined Porto.
QPR, we are told, experienced a similar delay but launched their DRYWORLD kit amid a fanfare at an evening attended by Les Ferdinand and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink on June 29 at the headquarters of Smarkets,
Watford announced in May they had signed a three-year deal with DRYWORLD, who will become the club’s new technical partner in what represents the biggest sponsorship sum in its history. We understand the deal, which ends the club’s association with Puma, is worth several million per year and, we are told, eclipses the amount 138.com pay per year as shirt sponsor, an arrangement that still has a year to run.