Hartlepool United's BLK kit supplier situation: Update as Pools reveal kit plans for the season

Victoria Park, now known as the Super 6 Stadium.
Victoria Park, now known as the Super 6 Stadium.

Hartlepool United are set to make an announcement next week on where they stand with regards the BLK kit debacle.

But they have reassured fans that the current kit - provided by BLK - will be used for the whole of the 2018/19 National League season.

Earlier this month the club took the unusual step of suspending their deal with kit suppliers BLK, after a number of issues.

The sportswear clothing company have been supplying Pools’ matchday shirts and training kits since last summer, but the club are now telling supporters not to buy replica kits direct from their suppliers.

The club have become increasingly frustrated with the correct kit not arriving on time. Stock levels have also been an issue, particularly with players' training kit.

And the Mail can reveal further guidance from the club is expected to come at some point next week.

In a statement on Twitter, the club this morning said: "Plenty of people are asking us about the kit situation and we expect to make a further announcement in the coming week. However, rest assured that we won't be changing the kit this season - we wouldn't do that to you."

Supporters can still purchase the strip at the club shop at The Super 6 Stadium and via their online store.

BLK also supply kits for League Two side Port Vale and National League club Barrow. Scottish Premiership side St Johnstone are understood to be growing increasingly frustrated with the supplier, too.

In a statement, released on September 7, the club revealed their stance on the BLK supply issue.

It read: "We inherited a relationship with BLK which we quickly became aware had its problems. Notwithstanding this, we made a significant effort to give it a chance and put our best endeavours behind this year’s new kit launch.

"Sadly, there have been many issues, most important of which has been the difficulty, despite assurances, in maintaining adequate stock levels in the shop and provision of training kit for the First Team and Academy players.

"Our only priority is to protect Hartlepool United and therefore we have adopted a very strong stance during which we would like to apologise to fans and parents of Academy players for the interruption in supply.

"We are working quickly to conclude this matter and, whilst that is the case, would ask that fans do not seek to buy their replica kit from BLK directly at this time."