Port Adelaide want money from Arsenal for nabbing fitness guru

Ebony Scott
June 19, 2017

Burgess will report directly to Wenger.

The hiring of Darren Burgess is expected to be announced this coming week, according to reports, with the fitness expert to be in overall charge of medical, fitness, psychology and performance analysis.

At Liverpool, Burgess held the title of head of fitness and conditioning under three different managers, Kenny Dalglish, Roy Hodgson and Brendan Rodgers.

"We are appreciative of Arsenal's understanding that the integrity of our football program is the absolute priority for our club".

Burgess will begin his role next month but will return to Port Adelaide at the end of July to help oversee the end of the AFL's regular season and will stay on should they reach the playoffs before returning to work with the Gunners full time.

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Burgess has had two separate tenures at Port Adelaide spanning just over eight years.

He first joined Port Adelaide in October 2004 as head fitness coach, working at Alberton for over three years.

"However, the opportunity to return to the English Premier League and work at one of the world's most successful sporting organisations in Arsenal is an opportunity I simply couldn't refuse".

Kane Cornes, a panellist on the show who has worked under Burgess, described his potential departure as "a massive blow for Port Adelaide" and added "he's a genius".

Arsenal and Port Adelaide are also developing a partnership, which they say will allow them to grow sports science and professional development opportunities.

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