Port Adelaide Fitness Guru Reportedly Leaves For EPL Giant

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

Australian rules football team Port Adelaide have announced that they have reached an agreement with Arsenal which will see high performance coach Darren Burgess join the Gunners from July.

Burgess, who served as Liverpool's head of fitness and conditioning from 2010-12, is renowned worldwide as an expert in his field - with the Power revealing previously that National Basketball Association side Boston Celtics and Italian Serie A clubs had tried to poach him before.

Burgess' contract with Port Adelaide ends at the conclusion of the AFL season in October, with the AFL club said to be seeking compensation from Arsenal for poaching him.

He was most recently recruited to the Power from another EPL giant, Liverpool, where he spent a little under two-and-a-half years as head of fitness and conditioning. "To have a club like Arsenal hand pick Darren is testament to the calibre of our personnel, our football program and ultimately our organisation".

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Burgess earned fame for his work with Port Adelaide after joining the club in 2012.

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

"My family loves the lifestyle of Adelaide ... once you've worked in this environment with so many outstanding people it is very hard to leave".

The report suggests Burgess will maintain some links with the club.

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