With preparation for the 2024 season in full swing teams are building their squads, assembling their staff and also launching new shirts, something that St Helens have now done with the club launching their slick new ‘blackout’ away shirt.
The Red Vee had launched their historic and iconic home shirt last week, which of course featured the Red Vee, but for their away kit they’ve opted to go less traditional and take a ‘blackout’ look in contrast to the pale blue that they utilised during the 2023 season.
Fans will be eager to see the side run out in the new away strip which has a very modern feel and has been released via images on the club website, with the likes of George Delaney and Tee Ritson modelling it.
A statement announced the new design, reading: “The Blackout has hit. Saints 24 away kit launched, continuing: “In partnership with O’Neill’s Sportswear, our Away colours for 24 will focus on a striking black and red combo, a modern and exciting colour clash that delivers a memorable design.
“The shirt is predominantly a deep black with a tonal grey pixel design to the front and back, as well as a red pixelated Chevron design to the sides of the Torso.
“The shirt features a brand-new round, elasticated knitted collar in black. The cuffs are also elasticated giving greater wearer comfort.
“The replica version now also features a new woven club crest in a single tonal red colour to add to the modern feel, and also different from the sublimated version on recent O’Neills shirts.
“The shirt material is also a new, softer fabric, of increased quality and a more relaxed fit than previous years, as with our 24’ Home shirt.
“The shirt also features a number of special touches including Ex Terra Lucem – the motto of the Town, returning to the inside of the collar.
“The look is complete with black shorts, also featuring the red pixelated Chevron design up the side. The socks are predominately black with red details.”
New faces that will feature in the shirt include the likes of Daryl Clark who has arrived from Warrington Wolves to try and fill the boots of the legend James Roby, the hooker having finally hung up the boots at the end of the 2023 season.
Other arrivals include Matt Whitley with the second-rower arriving from Catalans Dragons and returning to his hometown club, whilst Tee Ritson has signed permanently from Barrow Raiders following his year on loan in 2023.