The Roscommon County board has nominated the former President of the Connacht Council Mick Rock as a candidate for next year's election to become the President of the GAA.

Rock was nominated by his own club Elphin and seconded by St Brigid's at a meeting of the county board tonight. John Horan's reign as President ends in 2020. 

"There was overwhelming support from all at the meeting and as a result of that, Roscommon is 100% behind Mick as a candidate," said county board chairman Seamus Sweeney.

"History will show that of the 39 presidents we have had to date, only five of them have been Connacht men. Of course, for these past two decades of the 2000s, none of the presidents have come from Connacht

"You don’t get titles on the playing field, or hold office off it, purely because of historical or entitlement reasons. We know we have a very good candidate; he is a very capable man."

Rock, a retired teacher currently working as a school placement supervisor for Hibernia College, was involved with the Connacht Council for almost 20 years as a delegate, PRO, vice chairman and chairman.

He was also a member of Central Council and the GAA Management Committee for three years.