JON Wilkin has been elected as the first chairman of a newly-created Super League players’ association, which will be known as 1eague3.
The Saints’ second row forward will head a group which will also include England skipper Jamie Peacock, of Leeds Rhinos, and Warrington Wolves’ St Helens-born half back Lee Briers.
They will be joined by a management committee consisting of Ernie Benbow, founder member of State of Mind, Mike Denning, business development manager of St Helens-based Hattons Solicitors, and RL ambassador Terry O’Connor.
Wilkin, who is also an RL ambassador, said: “I am delighted we have been able to launch 1eague3, after a great deal of hard work from everyone involved.
“As players, I will ensure the voice of our members is heard when decisions are made which affect our profession, whether concerning the playing rules, the disciplinary process or the salary cap.
“I am happy to lead the players of Super League forward as a collective group – something which has not been achieved before in our sport.”
Until now, rugby league had been been the only major sport in the country without a totally independent association for the sole benefit of its players.
So far, applications for membership from players at the 14 Super League clubs account for 75 per cent of the professional staff.