Isle of Man Football Association has announced the appointment of Kevan Maitland as its new football services officer.

Maitland is well known within the island’s footballing community through his connection to the Isle of Man Referees Society.

After retiring from goalkeeping duties for Gymns at the age of 16, he took up refereeing and progressed to a level five official.

He was the treasurer of the IoMRS for a number of years and is currently vice-president of the society.

In 2010 he became the IoMRS council member of the Isle of Man FA and is currently chairman of the IoMFA referees committee and a member of the competition management committee.

Isle of Man FA chief executive officer, Frank Stennett, commented: ’We are delighted to confirm the appointment of Kevan as our new football services officer.

’Kevan has a vast amount of experience, both in a business sense and from his long-standing relationship with the IoMFA, where he’s been a highly-respected council member and a key figure within the IoM Referees Society.

’We received an unprecedented number of applications for this role but Kevan proved himself as the best candidate with an excellent interview and comprehensive knowledge of Manx football across so many aspects of our game in the island.’

Kevan replaces Richard Brant who is returning to the UK to take on a new role at Berkshire and Buckinghamshire FA, based in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

Stennett continued: ’It’s pleasing that Richard will be directly applying the experience and skills he developed in the Isle of Man office and I’d like to thank him for his hard work and commitment during his time with us.’

Maitland will take up his position full time this Monday, April 23 and said: ’I’m really looking forward to getting started and working with the current team at the FA.

’Football has always been a big part of my life so I feel like this role is perfect for me.’