Ireland release new home jersey and it is a stunning return to form 3 years ago

Ireland release new home jersey and it is a stunning return to form

A big improvement on last season's number.

The new football season - and the steam train approach of the Uefa Nations League(!) - can only mean one thing.... a new Ireland jersey.

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New Balance and the FAI are into the early days of their kit deal and they, in our opinion, went with a safe bet in 2017/18.

Nice, clean but nothing to get excited about.

We called it "underwhelming" at the time of its release and we are sticking by it.

2018/19 is upon us and New Balance has pushed the boat out.

The new home jersey, modelled by Shane Duffy, Alan Browne and Jeff Hendrick, is a peach. There is a crisp v-neck, subtle orange trim and a snazzy design to the green material.

With or without that giant sponsor's logo, this kit works.

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Seamus Coleman is looking good in the fresh gear too, even if he does not crack a smile.

We are looking forward to seeing the rest of this kit and the away strip, when it lands.

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This is an encouraging start to the new range.