NRL licensing would have made that call (though I'm sure it would have been supported by the manufacturer)It may be a 2015 Broncos situation. Wearing the heritage jersey throughout finals, but then apparently weren't allowed to wear the heritage in the grand final. Can't remember where I read that.
Amateurish is a bit harsh when you consider teams have worn alternate jerseys in the past at tournament finals such as FIFA WC no lessAesthetics aside, allowing a team to wear their alternate jersey in finals, let alone a grand final, is amateurish.
Clubs should think long and hard about what they put forward as their primary and secondary uniforms. Allowing then to switch to alternates in season (my club has been extremely guilty of this of late) gives them an out for picking a shit/unpopular/unsuitable design in the first place.
Not saying that Penrith's alt is ugly, but they should have kept the look that has been associated with their current era of dominance, and not referencing a one-off premiership from 30 years back on a whim to placate the oldies. Their all-black look is perfectly fine, contrasts well with the Eels in gold, and is actually representative of their last 3 years.
And if they were to wear the retro alt in a GF, they should have done it when they played the Rabbitohs in murkfest 2021. Alas, the rampant stupidity continues.
I have no issue with the aesthetics of this decision, moreso the principle and what stupid decisions other clubs may make in the future. If the design is significant enough for a club to wear it in a grand final (practical issues aside), then wear that one full time.It's a good decision as I and a heap of fans bought the 2021 premiership jersey. Will be nice to buy a different one this year