By Oliver Farrimond
Hearts FC have signed a lucrative three-year contract with international sports giants Umbro.
The three-year deal will run through to the end of the 2011/12 season, and follows a hugely successful two year trial run.
Umbro will design and produce home and away kit s featuring their trademark moisture-management technology, as well as a variety of products for fans.
Simon Marsh, director of football for Umbro, said: “We are delighted to continue our working relationship that began two years ago.
“We can guarantee that we will supply the cutting edge of sportswear design, and are looking forward to produce innovative and fantastic looking products for both the club and for the fans.”
The new agreement is worth a ‘significant’ undisclosed sum, according to the Tynecastle club.
With Hearts having hit the headlines recently for financial troubles, the deal will come as good news to worried fans.
Campbell Ogilvie, Hearts managing director, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be making this announcement today. This takes our relationship with Umbro to five years and is a sign of exceptional commitment between both organisations.
“Umbro are true international market leaders and they have served us magnificently during the last two seasons.
“They bring real professionalism within the sports retail sector and offer tremendous quality in the garments they produce.