Darren Burgess
Darren Burgess

Port Adelaide high performance manager Darren Burgess believes fitness coaches face a bigger challenge in the AFL than the English Premier League.

Burgess recently stepped down after two years as head of fitness and conditioning at English giants Liverpool before joining the Power.

He told ''SEN'' while he understood many would question his move from the most-watched football league in the world to Alberton Oval, he was relishing the prospect.

"What a lot of people don't realise is that for somewhere like the Premier League, the role of the fitness coach is a little bit different to what it is in the AFL," Burgess said.

"In the Premier League they play so many games that you're more or less restricted to warming up and trying to keep the reserves fit because the games take care of the senior players.

"Whereas back in the AFL, purely from a job point of view - I won't even go into the lifestyle differences between Liverpool and Australia - there's a lot more riding on the fitness coaches.

"It was an outstanding period of my life to go over there and live the dream and work with a Premier League club. But the AFL's a little more challenging."


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