Last month it was reported that Australian fitness guru Darren Burgess would be joining Arsenal from AFL side Port Adelaide.
Indeed, the club’s have agreed to a strategic partnership as part of the deal, and although it’s going to take some time before he becomes ‘full time’ with the club – due to agreements which will see him prepare the Aussie rules side for their new season – Burgess will become the senior man in the Arsenal fitness set-up.
That means that current Head of Performance, Shad Forsythe, will act as his number 2. The American joined the club in 2014 after the World Cup in Brazil where he’d been working with the German national side.
He’s been a fixture in the Arsenal set-up ever since, preparing the team on the training pitch and as part of the pre-game warm ups.
However, he’ll now have to take a back seat to Burgess when the Australian takes over on a full-time basis.
It’s expected there could be other changes to the fitness department over the coming months, but Forsythe’s experience will be vital as the new man settles into his new role and deals with the travel between the UK and Australia.