The Gaelic Players Association (GPA) have elected Limerick’s Séamus Hickey as their new chairman, it has been confirmed, after the former All-Star winner put his name forward to replace Dónal Óg Cusack. The former Cork goalkeeper stepped down from the role after 13 years, as he leaves to join the Clare management under Davy Fitzgerald.
Speaking to the42.ie, Hickey spoke of his excitement at the prospect.
“I am honoured to be elected as chairman of the GPA today. As a county hurler I realise the ability of the GPA, through the development programme, to make a profound difference to the lives of players who need to achieve balance in their lives due to the commitments involved in their sport.
“I look forward to playing a leading role in the GPA and working with the staff and officers in supporting our county players.”
The officially recognised players’ union was established in 1999, and has since grown in membership and influence ever since.
Hickey, 28, is a current member of the Limerick senior hurling squad, making his debut in 2006. He has since matured into one of the best defenders in the country, and won an All-Star award in 2014.
The outgoing chairman Óg Cusack goes to Clare to try help the Banner back to hurling’s summit after they won the All-Ireland in 2013. However, Fitzgerald’s side have since failed to gather another Liam McCarthy, and have only won one championship game in the interim.