Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) President Simon Colosimo today announced the appointment of PFA General Manager Adam Vivian to lead the PFA’s management team and operations.

“Adam brings strong leadership, management and commercial skills to the PFA at this vital time for the players and the game in this country,” Colosimo said.

“Adam has extensive experience in human resources, education and sports having managed key operations of Drake International before joining the PFA as General Manager earlier this year.  He also held a number of senior management roles with Drake and was a member of its Executive Committee.  Adam is passionate about football and the A-League having been involved with the Melbourne Heart as a foundation sponsor of the club.”

Colosimo said the PFA is fully prepared and ready to continue collective bargaining negotiations with Football Federation Australia (FFA) and the A-League clubs, which are being led by the PFA’s legal counsel and former Chief Executive Brendan Schwab.

“With the new broadcast rights agreement having been finalised, collective bargaining agreement negotiations are now due for Socceroos, A-League and Matildas players,” Colosimo said.  “The research  and policies  of the PFA have already been well developed and adopted by A-League players.  We will continue to work towards a financially sustainable league that promotes the quality of play and continues to grow.

“Given Adam’s expertise, his particular focus in the negotiations will be on ensuring Australian footballers have access to world class education, development and wellbeing programs and are prepared for life after football.  This is an area where the players feel our game is falling behind other Australian professional sports.

“Adam will also be focussed on ensuring the successful execution of the PFA’s strategy , which expires at the end of next year.”

Colosimo explained that the PFA has no immediate plans to appoint a new Chief Executive.

“The PFA Executive has recently expanded our management team to ensure the players have a well-resourced representative body for the collective bargaining negotiations.  Accordingly, the PFA will not immediately commence a search for a new Chief Executive and has not set any timeframe for the appointment.  In the interim, Adam will perform the constitutional duties of the Chief Executive’s office.”