PORT Adelaide has used its new-found cash resources to raid Crows’ conditioning coach Jarrod Egan.
And the Power has confirmed it will venture overseas for a training camp this summer, heading across to New Zealand for what is expected to be four or five days some time in late November.
Port Adelaide, which has been able to boost its football spend after a $9 million assistance package from the SANFL and the AFL, signed Egan to complete its most resourced football department in years and say he has already made an impression.
Egan was known by Port Adelaide fitness coach Cam Falloon because of their joint mentor Loris Bertolacci, the ground-breaking fitness coach who played part in the Baby Bombers’ 1993 success at Essendon and AFL’s first full-time fitness coach.
Falloon and Egan met over coffees and for regular catch-ups last year and when Falloon was told there was room to expand his department he didn’t have to think long before knowing whom to target.
Egan came with impressive credentials, having previously worked with North Melbourne, Geelong and Scottish Premier League soccer club Celtic.
As the Power embarked on a early morning session in the parklands yesterday morning, Falloon said the Egan investment was already beginning to reap rewards.
“He’s been a really good pick-up and what we’re really looking forward to adding to the fitness department is some experience,” Falloon said. “We’ve got some really good staff here with Andrew Rondinelli and Ben Serpell but we’ve probably lacked some experience.
“While we didn’t know each other well, we knew about each other and we had a few meetings last year, a coffee and a catch-up, and when the opportunity came up for us to recruit an experienced person he was certainly high up on our list.
“In a very short space of time Jarrod had been able to already make a very significant impact.
“We’re rapt with him.”
Then, in a cheeky manner, Falloon couldn’t resist to rub it in:
“And it’s always good to get someone from the Adelaide Crows.”
Falloon was also chuffed about the trip to New Zealand, which was about team bonding through hard work rather than high-altitude training – the time they will be away won’t be long enough to get the benefits of being in thin air.
“There are some fairly significant plans in place and it’s a really good opportunity to get the group together, work on team bonding and leadership and help the guys who are coming into the system,” Falloon said.
“Brad Ebert from West Coast Eagles and Brent Renouf from Hawthorn … it’s just a good opportunity for the guys to get away, do some hard work together and get to know each other.
“But also have a change of scenery. I guess what we’ve been able to do in the past few years has been to get away for a few days locally so this is a fantastic opportunity to head overseas.
“It’ll be a great thing for us as a group. With the clubs in the past, it’s had a really good effect in bringing the group together.
“It’s been a trend that when clubs do that they tend to have a really good year.”