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This has been 12 months in the works. It's all to do with his kids living in Adelaide.

I think the fitness guy they got from Brisbane (Selwyn Griffiths?) could potentially step into his role. I think that's why Burgess stayed on for another year to help with the transitioning period.

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Big loss, no doubt. I really hope he's grooming a successor that's going to be able to use all his tricks.

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13 minutes ago, dazzledavey36 said:

This has been 12 months in the works. It's all to do with his kids living in Adelaide.

I think the fitness guy they got from Brisbane (Selwyn Griffiths?) could potentially step into his role. I think that's why Burgess stayed on for another year to help with the transitioning period.

Yes 'dazzle', Caro's a bit late to the party on this one.

Hardly being poached but it makes a better headline I guess.

 

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This doesn't surprise me.  Pert alluded to Burgess having personal reasons to be in Adelaide and that he is grateful for us to have him.  I think even if Burgess moves on at the end of the year the footy department and players will be humming along from a fitness and conditioning perspective.

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Interesting - just noticed this.  Anyone know anything about it?

 

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Superb opportunity for PhD scholarship in a high performance environment including <a href="https://twitter.com/selwynosteo?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@selwynosteo</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/DaveWattsau?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DaveWattsau</a> and myself at <a href="https://twitter.com/melbournefc?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@melbournefc</a> along side <a href="https://twitter.com/ShonaHalson?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ShonaHalson</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/ryan_timmins?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ryan_timmins</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/richjohnston88?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@richjohnston88</a> from <a href="https://twitter.com/SPRINT_ACU?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SPRINT_ACU</a>. <a href="https://t.co/5VuYivEv6e">https://t.co/5VuYivEv6e</a> <a href="https://t.co/blZAVGQ9x6">pic.twitter.com/blZAVGQ9x6</a></p>&mdash; Darren Burgess (@darrenburgess25) <a href="https://twitter.com/darrenburgess25/status/1372391373618352129?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 18, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

 

Edit: Not sure how to embed a twitter post but it's from Darren Burgess a few weeks back and says: Superb opportunity for PhD scholarship in a high performance environment including @selwynosteo, @DaveWattsau  and myself at  @melbournefc along side 
@ShonaHalson, @ryan_timmins, @richjohnston88 from @SPRINT_ACU
. https://acu.edu.au/research/become-a-research-candidate/research-scholarships

 

 

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How long is he contracted for? He's on big coin i believe so there's probably a saving there. Not sure whether the club will fight hard to keep him. If he wants to be close to his family then the right thing to do is let him leave.

The team are in great nick from a conditioning perspective so hopefully he has established the program and the team that will carry on his good work when he moves on.

 

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7 hours ago, Pickett2Jackson said:

Thought things were going a little too smoothly for us at the moment.  

There will always be ups and downs P2J. Hopefully the team is now mature enough not to let his departure knock them off their stride.

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I saw Caro say this on FC last night. She also said to her knowledge, he was contracted till the end of this year, or maybe next.

However, if anyone saw Gus and Gawny's podcast 2-3 weeks ago, Darren Burgess was their guest. Gawny was going through his history at other clubs/codes and I replayed this comment twice to be sure I heard it correctly. He said that Burgess started at the Dees in 2019 and was contracted till 2024, to which Darren replied "At least!" 

Obviously things can and may have changed in that short space of time. From Adelaide originally, I think he has separated from his wife and has children over there, hence the family reasons for maybe needing to return, and who could begrudge him that - family should always come first. The Adelaide rumours have been around awhile.

However, Caro prides herself on getting her facts right, and her statement about his current contract status, contradicts what I saw and heard on the podcast, so hopefully she is just basing her comments on that rumour.

However, support staff are more easily moved on than players in these circumstances and COVID saw many of them released last year without a position to go to. The necessary financial winds of change then may have brought in a culture shift now and people's mental well-being is paramount. Contracts can be fluid or even broken it seems, particularly for personal reasons.

I would hate to lose him and I'm sure he would have a major input as to his replacement with a program handover to follow. However the players should now be professional enough to know what is required, to know that what he has mapped out for them is working and any change should be relatively seamless.

That said, I hope he stays. Time will tell.    

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Richmond, Port, WB, WC seem to go ok without Darren Burgess

Prefer to keep him but the sky is not falling if he wants to go elsewhere

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People come and go. No one person should ever be a dependency. Obviously I'd prefer he stayed, but wish him all the best if he goes. The club will be fine either way.

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