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POMPEY have signed a new kit deal to provide club replica shirts – and received a £10,000 donation in the process.

Portsmouth Football Club has signed a partnership with Sondico Professional to supply with replica shirts, training gear and merchandise.

Fratton Park

Fratton Park

The company has also forked out £10,000 to the Pompey Supporters Trust to buy community shares in the club. Pompey bosses say they believe the replica shirts will be the cheapest in English football.

Mark Catlin, Pompey’s new chief executive, said: ‘We are proud to announce our new partnership with Sondico Professional.

‘Throughout negotiations with us they have demonstrated they have a real desire to engage with our team. They understand our history and what a big club this is.

‘It’s a fantastic start to the deal to say, hand on heart, that we believe we have the cheapest shirts in English football, and hope to see as many kids as possible in the south east wearing them.’

Replica home shirts will be available for pre-order from the middle of May.

They go on general sale in Pompey’s new megastore at the end of June.

Adult shirts will cost £34.99, junior shirts £24.99 and infant shirts £19.99. Sondico belongs to the Sports 
Direct Group, so as part of the deal, Pompey shirts will be sold in Sports Direct stores throughout the south.

Neil Burke, from Sondico, said: ‘It gives us great pleasure to work with Portsmouth FC at such an exciting time in the club’s history.’

Sondico was due to present a cheque on the Fratton Park pitch at 1pm today, and supporters are welcome to attend.

Sondico and Pompey will also join forces to run a pilot scheme to promote youth development in sport, through the creation of youth development centres in the area.

Engagement manager Micah Hall added: ‘Their work on the In Pompey We Trust T-shirt campaign convinced us we have made the right choice from an incredibly competitive field.’