Port fitness guru joins EPL giants Arsenal

Port fitness guru joins EPL giants Arsenal

Port fitness guru joins EPL giants Arsenal

Burgess, meanwhile, said the decision to join Arsene Wenger's side was a tough one.

The fitness guru rejoined the club in October 2012 to coincide with the arrival of coach Ken Hinkley, becoming the highest-paid high performance manager in the AFL.

What has he done before?

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.

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

His long CV also includes three years as head of fitness at Football Federation Australia until the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Wenger is said to have "hand-picked" Burgess to work in conjunction with current staff with responsibility over medical, psychology and performance analysis as well as other areas.

What are people saying about him?

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Darren Burgess will see out the season, and implement Port's next pre-season, before moving to England.

Port Adelaide chief executive Keith Thomas: "When we set out to rebuild our program we committed to being a global best practice sports organisation".

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

"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".

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