He replaces Dermot Earley who stepped down as GPA President in February
Former Galway Hurler David Collins is the new President of the Gaelic Players Association after being elected by the organisations National Executive Committee.
The Liam Mellows clubman, who made 46 appearances for the Tribesmen between 2004 and 2016, replaces Dermot Earley who stepped down as GPA President in February, having served the role for three years.
Collins has worked with the GPA since 2005 and is a member of the National Executive Committee since 2011. He served as GPA Secretary from 2013 to 2015.
Collins was named Young Hurler of the Year in 2005 and won an All-Star award for his performances in 2012.
"To have been chosen as GPA President by our NEC which is made up of exceptionally dedicated players and former players who are devoted to the welfare of GPA members, is an absolute honor and a great privilege for both myself and my family," he said in a statement today.
"I have always been passionate about our players’ welfare and the relentless work that the GPA is undertaking to better the lives of each and every member. Having been involved as player rep since 2005 and at the Executive level since 2011, I am delighted to be able to continue my involvement with the GPA in this new capacity as President.
"I look forward to working with our recently elected CEO Dermot Earley and his team to continually strive to enrich the lives of our players who dedicate their lives to our games."
(Left-Right) GPA Chairman Seamus Hickey, President David Collins and Secretary Paul Flynn. Image: GPA
Chief Executive of the GPA Dermot Earley said: "I am delighted the National Executive has appointed David Collins as President of the GPA. I have known David for a number of years, particularly during his time as GPA Secretary, and also as a member of the National Executive Committee.
"I have always strongly admired the work that David has done, both on and off the field, and I look forward to working with him closely in his new role as GPA President."
Chairman of the GPA Seamus Hickey added: "It is fantastic to see the appointment of David as GPA President. David has a keen interest in player welfare and has been an active member of the National Executive Committee to date. I look forward to working with him in his new role as a GPA officer.
"I would also like to sincerely thank Dermot for his work as GPA President for the last 3 years and look forward to working with both he and David in their new positions."