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Uniform strife as supplier goes into receivership

BLK was recently announced as St Kilda's new supplier. Picture: saints.com.au - ${keywords}
BLK was recently announced as St Kilda's new supplier. Picture: saints.com.au

SIX AFL clubs may be forced to find new uniform suppliers after the parent company of a leading apparel supplier was placed under external administration.

World Rugby Specialists owns Queensland-based BLK Sport.

It supplies uniforms to Greater Western Sydney, Gold Coast, Brisbane Lions, Richmond, Adelaide and St Kilda.

The Saints only signed a new three-year deal with the supplier this month.

The Western Bulldogs used to have a deal with BLK, but the premiers recently switched to Asics.

The NAB AFL Academy uniforms are also supplied by BLK.  

An AFL spokesman told AFL.com.au, "Our commercial/licensing departments are in the process of gathering as much information as they can from the receivers to understand the implications for those clubs in the competition that have a relationship with the company for 2017.

"We have six clubs that will be affected in some form."

The company is formally listed as being under 'external administration' on the Australian Securities and Investments Commission database. 

St Kilda hoped fans wouldn't be inconvenienced. 

"The club has been working closely with BLK to better ensure no immediate interruption to supply for the team and is confident fans will not face any delays or cancellations due to the news,” the club said in a statement. 

A Crows spokesman told AFL.com.au: "We’re working through the situation with all relevant parties."