PURKISS PROUD TO TAKE PFA CHAIR
PRIDE is the first thing that comes to mind forSwindon’s Ben Purkiss after he was named chairman of the Professional Footballers’ Association.
The 33-year-old defender will be taking over from fellow Yorkshireman Ritchie Humphreys, who is taking up a role in the PFA’s delegate liaison department.
Purkiss joined the Robins this summer following spells at Port Vale, Walsall, Oxford United and Sheffield United and is not daunted by the new role.
He said: “It’s difficult to describe. I’m proud, honoured. You look back through the list of chairs and there haven’t been that many. I’m really looking forward to doing my best for players up and down the country.
“I’ve been part of the management committee for five years and supported Ritchie, so I’m not coming in blind. I understand the scale of the role.”
PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor added: “Ben is articulate, forwardthinking and very well respected among his fellow professionals.”