Former Mayo footballer Tom Parsons has been appointed the new CEO of the Gaelic Players Association, replacing former Dublin rival Paul Flynn.

Parsons, who retired from inter-county football in January after 12 years with Mayo, has been heavily involved with the GPA since 2017 and is a chartered engineer and an ambassador for Engineers Ireland.

The GPA confirmed that Ciarán Barr will continue as interim CEO until Parsons takes up the position and will then return to the role of head of finance and operations.

In taking the role, Parsons announced his intent to work for both male and female players, following the merger of the GPA and WGPA.

"I am absolutely delighted and honoured to be appointed as the CEO of the GPA," he said.

"I truly believe in the great work of the association and, from personal experience, the GPA has supported me in my sporting, personal and professional life since my debut with Mayo in 2008.

"As a player, I feel I have experienced nearly all the challenges, highs and lows a player can face. I know how important it is to have an association that unconditionally cares for every player.

"I'm committed to build on the great work of our previous CEO Paul Flynn and I’m privileged to have the opportunity to work with a dynamic, dedicated team in the GPA who have the player at the heart of all decisions.

"A huge motivation for me was the decision by players to merge the GPA and WGPA in December of 2020. I feel this truly represents the leadership of our male and female intercounty players and I’m committed to serve the voice of all our players to the best of my ability.

"I look forward to taking up the position later in the summer."

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