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Chris Kirchner offers exactly what Preston fans want to hear about future North End kits

Chris Kirchner’s takeover of Preston North End continues to move forward – and fans have been left encouraged by his comments on Twitter.

The man behind American logistics company has been chasing a Preston takeover for the last couple of months and appears to be closing in.

Reports suggest that a £40million takeover is now close with the Hemmings family seemingly ready to sell up.

Kirchner fielded questions from fans on Wednesday even if he indicated that he wouldn’t be able to directly talk about North End.

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A lot of what Kirchner said was great, exactly the kind of things Preston fans have been wanting to hear.

Youth development, community engagement and greater media output were all brought up, with Kirchner adding that he prefers to stay out of the way and let experts do their job.

One topic Kirchner was asked about was kit deals.

Preston have a deal with Just Sport, supplying Nike and Avec merchandise as well as North End’s Nike teamwear kits.

North End fans want to see bespoke Preston kits but are always met with the same standard Nike teamwear – kits you can buy for your Sunday League team but with a Preston badge slapped on.

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The quality of merchandise has been poor, with many finding printing wearing off after just a couple of washes.

This has frankly gone on for too long at Preston, and it sounds like it may be a thing of the past should Kirchner’s takeover come through.

Kirchner has admitted on Twitter that he doesn’t like anything to come from a template, which is how Preston have been getting their kits in recent years.

Kirchner added that he wants a unique brand, and having a bespoke kit is the best way to show that brand – all of which points to bog-standard Nike kits being a thing of the past.

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