Port Adelaide high performance manager Darren Burgess confirms Arsenal move

Port Adelaide high performance manager Darren Burgess confirms Arsenal move

Burgess, who spent two years at Liverpool between 2010 and 2012, will begin his new role with the Gunners in July having been handpicked by manager Arsene Wenger.

Burgess, who has been the high performance manager at AFL club Port Adelaide since 2012, is close to agreeing a deal with Arsenal with a announcement expected in the coming days, United Kingdom media reports.

The “fitness master” who previously worked at Liverpool and with the Australia national team will also return to Oz in October and November.

The highly-rated Australian will report back to the Frenchman but will take charge of medical, fitness, psychology and performance analysis at the club. Burgess thanked Port for their unending support and revealed his excitement at returning to England.

“We acknowledge that this is a life-changing opportunity for Darren”, chief executive Keith Thomas said. “To have a club like Arsenal hand pick Darren is testament to the calibre of our personnel, our football program and ultimately our organisation”.

Standard Sport understands Burgess will take up the same role at Arsenal as that he enjoyed at Port Adelaide and will encompass numerous duties undertaken at Liverpool between 2010 and 2012, where he held the title of head of fitness conditioning.

On moving to Arsenal, Burgess said: “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”.

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

The agreement will also see Port Adelaide and Arsenal work together to grow sports science and professional development opportunities between the two clubs.

Burgess will start his new role at Arsenal in July but will return to Adelaide later that month.