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Last Updated: Wednesday, 4 July 2007, 15:34 GMT 16:34 UK
New union for players in Scotland
Fraser Wishart will head the new Professional Footballers' Association Scotland
Wishart is to head the new Professional Footballers' Association Scotland
Fraser Wishart has been appointed chief executive of the new Professional Footballers' Association Scotland.

The new union is affiliated with the England and Wales body which is headed by Gordon Taylor.

Wishart resigned as secretary of the SPFA in June and was followed out of the organisation by projects manager Warren Hawke last week.

Falkirk defender Jack Ross is the chairman of the new body, while it is unclear if the SPFA has any future.

"We have just had our first committee meeting and I am honoured to be the first chairman of the PFA Scotland," said Ross.

Rangers and Scotland defender David Weir has also joined up as a founder member and he said: "I now believe we have an organisation equipped to take us forward and ensure that the players in Scotland have a voice."

Former Rangers and Hearts full-back Wishart has been involved with players' union activity since he retired from the game.

And he added: "As well representing players with contractual and employment issues, a priority of the new PFA Scotland, will be to promote and encourage further education for a career after football.

"Understandably, playing at the pinnacle of their careers a small number of players reap the benefits that their talent brings them but it is also important to remember that every summer in the region of 400 players are forced to leave the game seeking alternative employment.

"The new union will be also be meeting with organisations that share our principles of tackling prejudice in all forms in football and society as whole.

"We will seek to utilise the mass public and media interest that football enjoys to promote positive messages on social issues such as sectarianism and racism."



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