Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathryn Gill to the position of Player Relations Executive.

The Matildas record goal scorer joins the PFA staff after having previously served on the PFA Executive Committee.

Having been integral in the ‘whole of game’ collective bargaining negotiations PFA Chief Executive Adam Vivian said her appointment would allow her to play an even greater role in shaping the future of the game.

“Kathryn’s leadership on the PFA Executive Committee and the Matildas Committee was remarkable,” Vivian said. “The PFA is committed to growing the women’s game and Kathryn’s appointment will greatly increase the PFA’s ability to do so.

“She has an in-depth understanding of the game, has outstanding qualifications and is extremely passionate. For these reasons and many more we are certain that she will be successful in her new role.

Gill said she was determined to build on the progress the game has made.

“Through the CBA the game has made great headway,” said Gill. “However, there remains much to be done.

“The women’s game has a huge amount of potential that is yet to be realised. The Matildas, both during the World Cup and after, have shown the passion that is out there for women’s football.

“We must grow this and convert the abundance of football fans into fans of the W-League. We must also continue to grow the attractiveness of the career path for players. The better the standard on the pitch, the more fans we will have on the sideline.

“I am determined to play my part and I would like to thank the players for providing me with this exciting opportunity.”