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It’s all change at the Professional Footballers’ Association with longstanding CEO Gordon Taylor to step down this summer having been succeeded by Maheta Molango who played briefly for Brighton, Lincoln, Oldham and Wrexham during his playing career.

Marvin Sordell has joined the new PFA Board

Part of the changes has seen the introduction of a Players’ Board made up of thirteen members which includes Tom Heaton and Marvin Sordell, two players who have featured for the Clarets in the Premier League.

The Board is made up of two members from each of the Premier League, Championship, League One, League Two and Women’s Super League and three former members, i.e. ex-players.

There were a total of 63 applicants for the thirteen places and Taylor said that it had been highly competitive. Current PFA chairman Ben Purkiss said: “I am proud to have led the transformation at the PFA, and I’m delighted with the composition of the new Players’ Board.”

Former Burnley captain and goalkeeper Tom Heaton is one of the Premier League representatives alongside Leicester’s Wes Morgan. Troy Deeney (Watford) and George Friend (Middlesbrough) will represent the Championship while Omar Beckles (Crewe) and John Mousinho (Oxford) are the League One reps.

From League Two there are Peter Clarke (Tranmere) and Kevin Ellison (Newport) with Danielle Carter (Reading) and Steph Houghton (Manchester City) representing the Women’s Super League.

The new board is made up with the inclusion of former players Chris McCready, Marvin Sordell and Peter Vincenti.

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