Matt McKay named new PFA boss

Socceroo Matt McKay has been appointed as the new Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) president.

The Brisbane Roar midfielder takes over the reins from Simon Colosimo at a critical period for the union with a new Collective Bargaining Agreement pending.

Colosimo, who was a high-profile advocate for players’ rights retired from the post last week after 10 years at the helm.

McKay has served on the PFA Executive since 2012 and will take over his duties as president following the Annual General Meeting in November.

Speaking of his appointment the 31-year-old said: “It is an honor to have been entrusted by the players for such an important role.

“During my time as a professional footballer I have experienced life at the very pinnacle of the game and I have also faced many difficulties that players face.

“I have also gained invaluable experience of playing overseas in vastly different environments including Asia and Europe.

“This, along with the experience I have gained on the PFA Executive and Socceroos Committee, will be invaluable as I look to ensure the interests of all PFA Members are represented.

"I'm all too aware that I take on this position with a new CBA negotiation pending. I recognise the importance that all players play in the ongoing growth and development of football and will support the players in addressing the issues that are of most importance to them."

McKay’s leadership and respect amongst the playing group made him the ideal candidate for president, according to PFA Chief Executive Adam Vivian.

“Matt was the unanimous pick of the PFA Executive to succeed Simon,” Vivian said. “His achievements on the pitch are outstanding by any ones standards but what he brings off it is equally impressive.

“Throughout his time on the PFA Executive and on the Socceroos Committee Matt has repeatedly demonstrated his commitment to his fellow players and to growing the game.

“In the coming months the PFA will begin negotiations with Football Federation Australia (FFA) on a new Collective Bargaining Agreements for the Socceroos, Matildas and A-League.

“This presents a unique opportunity to build a true partnership between all of the games stakeholders and Matt will play a huge role in the PFA’s aim of ensuring this opportunity is seized.”