Tony Adams has been nominated to become the 29th President of the Rugby Football League (RFL) in 2019.
The former Arsenal and England football captain has a track record of service in the sport, having worked with game’s welfare programmes through the Sporting Chance charity he founded in 2000.
He will succeed current President Andy Burnham in the non-executive role in July 2019.
Announcing the appointement, the RFL also confirmed that current Doncaster Chief Executive Carl Hall will serve alongside Adams as Vice President.
Chris Hurst, a digital sports specialist who has worked for BBC Sport, the ICC, the Premier League and Nielsen Sports, is also to join the RFL Board as a Non-Executive Director. He replaces Clare Morrow, the first women ever elected to the board.
Brian Barwick, the RFL Chairman, said: “It is a pleasure to be able to confirm these three excellent additions to our team.
“Tony Adams is known and respected throughout sport and beyond, not only for his outstanding playing career with Arsenal, but more recently for his pioneering work with Sporting Chance.
“The charity has helped more than 400 rugby league players since the RFL entered into an official partnership with Sporting Chance in 2011, and Tony himself delivered seminars at Wigan and Hull earlier this year.
“The game has recognised the importance of mental health, for players and everyone else involved, and Tony’s election is another significant step in that regard.
Tony Adams commented: “It will be an honour to become the next President of the RFL. I am passionate about working with everyone in the sport to raise the profile of mental health, wellness and resilience, for players and for everyone in Rugby League.
“I’d like to play my part in championing this brilliant sport on the national stage.”