PURKISS PROUD TO TAKE PFA CHAIR

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

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.”

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