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Blackburn ditch Umbro for Nike deal

Championship side Blackburn Rovers have become the latest team to swap their kit supply deal from Umbro to Nike for next season. The new three-year agreement, which will run until the end of the 2015/16 season, sees Rovers follow the likes of Manchester City and the England national team in replacing the English brand, which was until last October owned by Nike, with the American giant.

Umbro have supplied kit to the Lancashire club since 2007 and will continue to do so until the end of the current 2012/13 season, after which all kit, training wear and related products will be designed, manufactured and distributed by Nike. The new kit will go on sale later this summer.

Greg Coar, Rovers' head of commercial and marketing, said: "We are delighted to confirm that Rovers are set to start a new partnership with Nike. We are certain that our supporters will be excited by this new partnership and will be looking forward to seeing the iconic blue-and-white halves and the world famous Nike brand on our kits this summer."

Gareth Hosford, general manager for Nike UK Football, said: "We are delighted to add Blackburn Rovers to the Nike football family. We look forward to building on the successful partnership the club has already enjoyed with Umbro and working closely with the club and the fans over the coming seasons."

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