Arsenal to appoint former Liverpool head of fitness

Date published: Monday 19th June 2017 10:40

Arsenal will appoint former Liverpool head of fitness Darren Burgess as their director of high performance in the coming days.

The Gunners have reached an agreement with Burgess’ current employers, Port Adelaide, with regards to his release.

Burgess will continue in his role at Adelaide until the end of the 2017 Australian Football League season, before joining up with Arsenal in July.

He has been ‘hand-picked’ for the role by Arsene Wenger, who is thought to be impressed with his experience in the Premier League and beyond.

Burgess spent two years at Liverpool from 2010, working under three separate managers as their head of fitness and conditioning.

The coach discussed his decision to leave Australia and move to north London in an interview on the Adelaide website.

“Reaching this decision has been one of the toughest decisions in my professional career,” Burgess said.

“My family loves the lifestyle of Adelaide and more importantly we love everything about the Port Adelaide Football Club.

“When the opportunity came up to return to Port Adelaide I had no hesitation in returning. Port Adelaide is like family and once you’ve worked in this environment with so many outstanding people it is very difficult to leave.

“It’s especially difficult knowing the club is on the right path for sustained success both on and off the field.

“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.

“I look forward to continuing having a relationship with Port Adelaide from afar and thank the entire club for their support and many great memories over two stints.”

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