Various Australian media outlets are reporting that Darren Burgess, Head of High Performance at AFL side Port Adelaide, is about to join Arsenal.
The 43 year old held a position with Liverpool between 2010 and 2012, and has been with Port Adelaide since 2013.
His bio on their website says:
With a Doctorate in movement analysis in Australian Football and Soccer, Burgess is a highly regarded high performance manager not only in Australia but internationally as well.
Burgess lectured at the Australian Catholic University in exercise science between 1997 and 2005 while working as an assistant fitness coach at Sydney, with the Australian Olympic soccer team as a video analyst in Athens, and then as the head fitness coach of the Paramatta Power in the National Soccer League.
He joined Port Adelaide following its 2004 premiership and would hone the fitness ability of the playing group as its head of high performance over three season, eventually helping the club to a second grand final in 2007.
Burgess then joined the Football Federation of Australia as the governing body’s head of sport science, and worked with the Socceroos during its 2010 World Cup campaign.
He then joined the world-famous Liverpool Football Club in the English Premier League as its head of fitness and conditioning for three season between 2010 and 2012, before rejoining Port Adelaide along with new senior coach Ken Hinkley in 2013.
Now, whether this is someone to come in and augment the fitness team, working alongside Shad ‘Shad’ Forsythe, or as a replacement for somebody else, we don’t know.
But [villain voice] it seems, at long last, as if the catalyst is changing Mr Bond.