Liverpool are a world famous football club whose reputation is far reaching.
The club expects the best and only works with the best, that’s why Australian strength and conditioning guru Darren Burgess held a position there for two and half years.
Prior to his work with Liverpool he worked with elite sporting teams like the Socceroos, the Sydney Swans and Parramatta Power.
But it hasn’t been Burgess’ work with Liverpool that has been grabbing headlines lately, rather his return to AFL club Port Adelaide.
Burgess has been credited with much of Port’s revival in the 2013 season after the club finished in the bottom five teams at the end of 2012.
His expertise in strength and conditioning have clearly been applied to a side that is now running out games strongly and vying for a place in this year’s AFL finals.
In a recent interview with News.com.au he was asked why he turned his back on Liverpool to come home to Port and whether that was a reflection on his level of ambition.
“It depends on how you define it,” Burgess said.
“If your ambition is to work in an environment where players and the atmosphere are more glamorous and more worldly recognised – yep, stepped away from that.
“If you want to work in an environment where the work itself is more rewarding, I would say that I’ve stepped up by coming back to Port.
“And in my work with the Socceroos, the three years I was there, I’d say I’d spent six months travelling and seeing every major soccer team on the planet.
“I went through five different NFL clubs, probably eight or nine NBA clubs, four or five US colleges, South American soccer clubs … I got to see all of that.
“And if I got to choose anywhere to work, from a professional point of view, it would be in Australia, in the AFL. That’s what motivates me. To be able to see a team grow.
“And other than the two expansion teams, this is the best team to go to for that sort of project.
“And there’s a sense of owing something, because I left the club. There’s no hiding from that, even though it was in a good moment. So in a sense, I want to come back and finish that off.”
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