Port Vale's Gareth Owen elected onto PFA Committee
Port Vale defender Gareth Owen has said he is privileged to have been elected onto the PFA management committee.
Owen, 29, will join a select group of players from all four divisions, including Everton captain Phil Neville and Blackburn striker Jason Roberts.
"I consider myself quite privileged to be from League Two and to get onto the committee," Owen told BBC Radio Stoke.
"I take my PFA role at the club seriously. I'm thankful for my fellow delegates to have elected me."
He continued: "There are 15 players on it, we meet once every six weeks up in Manchester and we're part of the decision-making process of the PFA.
"People only see Gordon Taylor as the front man, but a lot of the decisions are made by the management committee.
"I'm representing Port Vale. It's great for me and great for them and I'll make sure the club's interests are heard."
Owen combines playing duties at Vale Park with managing the club's reserve team, whilst also studying for a media degree at Staffordshire University, on a course that is strongly supported by the PFA.
"I'm always planning for the future," he said. "The more strings to my bow that I can have, the better, because I know time is ticking on my football career."