Former Arsenal captain, Tony Adams has been confirmed as the next Rugby Football League president.

The recognisable centre back will replace Andy Burnham in the role at start of summer 2019.

Adams will utilise the experience he has gained working alongside his charity Sporting Chance, which seeks to help players dealing with mental health issues.

Commenting on his new role, Adams stated: “It will be an honour to become the next president of the Rugby Football League.

“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.”

RFL Chairman Brian Barwick added: “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 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.”