Arsenal appoint ex-Liverpool performance coach Darren Burgess

Arsenal turn to ex Liverpool employee for key new position

Arsene Wenger is believed to be a big fan and is said to have "hand-picked" Burgess for the role.

The club's existing fitness coach, Tony Colbert, is likely to be asked to report into Burgess, who is also expected to work closely with Shad Forsythe, appointed as Arsenal's head of athletic performance enhancement after his work with Germany at the 2014 World Cup.

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

Port Adelaide will demand compensation from English Premier League giant Arsenal after it was announced their fitness boss Darren Burgess would be swapping AFL for football and returning to the UK.

News Corp reports Burgess will leave the Power next month to oversee Arsenal's high performance program.

He had previously worked at Port Adelaide from 2004-2007, leaving the program after the 2007 AFL grand final to return to Premier League football.

Burgess left Liverpool five years ago after his role had changed but was highly rated and his return to England has disappointed Port Adelaide. Port Adelaide is like family and once you've worked in this environment with so many outstanding people it is very hard to leave.

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

As part of Burgess' move the two clubs will now pursue a partnership hoping "to grow sports science and professional development opportunities between Highbury and Alberton".

"Arsenal have indicated their desire to be part of a new collaborative partnership with Port Adelaide in a range of areas including sports science, professional development and global growth", Port Adelaide chief executive Keith Thomas said.



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