Monday 11 December 2006 

James Kirtley Signs Deal With Sussex To Make The Shirts

Whilst last week Kirtley signed a 2 year deal as a player for double trophy winners Sussex Cricket Club, MKK Sports, the sports clothing manufacturer owned by Sussex cricketer James Kirtley and his business partners, has just been re-appointed as the official clothing supplier to Sussex County Cricket Club (SCCC) for the next two seasons (2007-2008).

The contract, which has been held by MKK for the past two years (2005-2006), went to out to tender and MKK had to prove the case for their products in both design, durability, quality of manufacture, technological advances in fabrics and price points before being awarded the contract this week.

Kirtley, who was named Man of the Match for his outstanding performance at Lords in the Cheltenham and Gloucester Final in August 2006 said, "As a player, I genuinely understand how cricket clothing affects your game.

For me, I shouldn't even be thinking about my shirt as I play and that means it has to feel good, move moisture away from my skin and fit well so that I can concentrate 100% on my game. I design clothing for players like me and I firmly believe that being a player ensures that MKK shirts are possibly the best on the market."

The MKK Sports range for SCCC encompasses the four key playing shirts plus a well thought through range of teamwear ranging from tracksuits, trousers and technical sweaters to fleeces, sweatshirts and shorts all of which will be retailed in both the SCCC shop and on-line via the club website. The fabrics used by MKK sports have attracted particular attention as Kirtley feels passionately about the comfort of players during matches.

Chief Executive of SCCC, Gus Mackay said of the deal, "We are delighted to re-appoint MKK Sports as official clothing suppliers to the club. James understands exactly what we require and delivers it on time and within budget. The tender process was conducted on a level playing field and we chose to continue with MKK Sports as they have consistently delivered quality product and service over the past two seasons."

Karen Davis