Former Kildare player Dermot Earley has been appointed as the new chief executive of the Gaelic Players Association (GPA).
The 38-year-old has been president of the players’ body since 2013 and now replaces Dessie Farrell who stepped down from the position after 13 years
The two-time All-Star retired from inter-county football in 2013 after 16 seasons with Kildare during which he won two Leinster senior titles and reached the All-Ireland final in 1998.
He is set to replace Farrell who was the GPA chairman between 2000 and 2003 before taking on the chief executive role for the last 13 years.
Dermot is son of former Roscommon great Dermot Earley Senior.
Dermot sr was part of a very successful Roscommon team that won five Connacht titles in his time of playing which was for 21 years.
He was also part of the team the won the National league in 1979.
Both father and son are one of the few families in the GAA that have won All Star awards.
Dermot sr won his awards in 1973 and 79 where Roscommon made it three Connacht titles in a row, both awards were in the midfield position while Dermot jr won his in 1998 where he was part of the Lilywhites side that reached the All Ireland final at wing forward and 2009 in midfield.