Port Adelaide is in its final stages of obtaining the services of head fitness coach Darren Burgess from English Premier League club Liverpool.

The move comes after the Power football department and ex-coach Matthew Primus were concerned and noted internally that Port were failing to meet basic AFL fitness standards before Primus was sacked.

Burgess worked for Port Adelaide between 2005 and 2007, and his fitness regime was instrumental to letting the Power have another shot at a flag in 2007.

The move comes during a time where Burgess is seeking to return to Adelaide for family reasons. It is believed that the lucrative deal Port has offered Burgess edged out Adelaide and Richmond, who were also in the market for his services.

Burgess’ resume is highly impressive. He studied at the University of New South Wales and Australian Catholic University where he is currently working on finishing a PHD in movement analysis. Burgess also worked with the Sydney Swans, National League Soccer team Parramatta Power, was the head of sports science for the Australian Football Federation and was the key fitness figurehead behind the Socceroos’ 2010 World Cup campaign.

The Power continue to seek for a senior coach, as interim coach Garry Hocking is yet to substantiate whether he will put his hand up for the full time position next season. Hocking noted last week that the playing group was on notice and had little time to impress before the new coaching panel took over.

“All our group’s on notice,” Hocking said. “The new coach coming in, whoever that may be, will be able to sit back and have a look at our list and decide on it, and .our players get an opportunity to really do something in the next couple of weeks about their career or their form.

“Right at the start of the year, you’ve got players who might be right at the end of their careers or you’ve got some new kids on the block who want to prove a point.”

If Port Adelaide wrap up the deal with Darren Burgess, it will go a long way to helping Port Adelaide become even more competitive.