PNGRFL, Jacks sign 3-year deal

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By MELTON PAIS
The Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League (PNGRFL) has signed a three-year deal with Jacks Retail PNG Limited to sell SP Hunters and PNG Kumuls supporters’ merchandise.
Last week, PNGRFL signed a one-year partnership with Brian Bell to strengthen the supply of rugby league apparel nationalwide.
PNGRFL chief executive Reatau Rau reminded the public not to be confused with the Brian Bell and Jacks deals.
Brian Bell will retail the genuine replica jerseys and polo shirts worn by the SP Hunters and supplied by Emu Sportswear, Rau said.
“However for Jacks, the company will sell merchandise bearing the SP Hunters and PNG Kumuls logos,” Rau said. “The supporters’ merchandise will come in all sizes for men, women and children.
“These merchandise will include the pacific style shirts, blouses and tops for everyone.”
Rau said a one-year arrangement was made with Jacks last year and after seeing the deal benefitting the Hunters and PNGRFL, they extended it by a further three years.
“We hope Jacks will do more than what they did last year by bringing the supporters’ gear throughout the country, so people can wear with pride a jersey or polo shirt bearing the SP Hunters or PNG Kumuls logo,” he said.
“Last year, we were focused in Port Moresby but this year, we wish to extend the sales of merchandise to the Highlands and New Guinea Islands.” Jacks corporate business manager Yogesh Samy said they would produce new designs on the polo shirts and other merchandise for sale at Waigani Central and Vision City.
“Our designs are by locals and we are happy to promote them, especially on the PNG Hunters and Kumuls gear,” Samy said.
He said they were looking at branching out to other provinces soon.
“We have two shops in Port Moresby,” Samy said.
“We are looking at appointing retailers in the other centres soon so these apparels are available to everyone around the country.
“We know SP Hunters are followed by everyone in the country, so we’ll ensure these supporters’ gear are available nationwide.”
Samy said the merchandise would be affordable.

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