Rotherham United launched their new League One away kit yesterday and hope it proves as popular as the last kit of a similar colour.
As for new left back Joe Skarz, he’s hoping that it proves as successful as the home kit did for him after he joined the Millers for what proved a successful finale to the season for the defender.
Rotherham have gone for an all-grey kit for their change strip and have dubbed it “Grey Matters”.
Since ‘away’ kits came in vogue - with clubs playing in them even if there wasn’t a colour clash - Rotherham have, like most clubs, had a variety of shirt colours.
However, the most popular one was a silver and black one some years ago and some feel that whilst this new one is close to being classed as silver-grey.
Defender Joe Skarz, who turned his loan deal into a permanent one, and new goalkeeper Adam Collin - who had travelled down from Carlisle - modelled the new strip at its unveiling yesterday along with Graham Vernon and Richard Firth, Millers fans who head up away shirt sponsors TGB Sheds, a Rotherham-based company who operate UK-wide.
Skarz, a former Huddersfield Town player, signed on deadline day near the end of March and played excellently in the run-in.
“I hope I the new away strip proves as successful as the home one was for me,” chuckled Skarz.
“Since I joined, we never lost at home, in fact, we won them all. So I’ll happily settle for something similar with the new away strip.”
Rotherham had the yellow away strip with the black ‘V’ last season which, for the return to Rotherham into the New York Stadium, mirrored a very early kit worn by the club pioneers in the early years.
However, the yellow meant they were required to change on occasions, reverting back to their red and white home kit and, at times, using black shorts - a combination not the most aesthetically pleasing or popular.
It was felt that the new grey strip would not require them to change at all when they play away.
“It is envisaged that we will use it for all away games and don’t foresee any clashes although there may be a rare occasion where it could be deemed to clash with the home team,” said Commercial Head Mark Hitchens.