Sligo's beautiful new kit has an early contender for GAA jersey of the season 5 years ago

Sligo's beautiful new kit has an early contender for GAA jersey of the season

Tis the season for dropping new GAA jerseys.

Some counties preferred to get their 2017 releases out before Christmas but Sligo held tight.

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Weeks passed and the Allianz Football League drew near. Sligo kept their powder dry while others - we're looking at you Westmeath and Mayo - fired theirs' out. For those that may have forgotten, here was last year's effort:

This morning, from deep in Yeats County, images of Sligo's 2017 jersey was released. It looks good on first viewing but gets better the more you study it. As per the press release:

'The jersey now sports red detail on the sleeves, dark grey shadow hoops and a Sligo crest on the lower back alongside the title of the WB Yeats play The Land of Heart’s Desire.'

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The westerners have a new sponsor - AbbVie - and are going for a predominately black kit. The sponsor will appear, in crisp white all Senior, U-21 and Junior football team jerseys.

Sligo captain Neil Ewing and teammate Stephen Gilmartin performed the requisite ball-clutching, chest-puffing poses on some igneous coastal rocks.

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The new O’Neills jersey will make its first competitive appearance in Markievicz Park when Sligo commences its Division 3 campaign with a home fixture against Armagh on Sunday February 5. The jersey is on sale from February 3.

We believe this is right up there with the best kits released but that assertion has already sparked a debate...

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