Postecoglou nabs another Aussie for his Yokohama project


Ange Postecoglou has put another piece of his backroom jigsaw in place at Yokohama F. Marinos by recruiting Adelaide United's highly regarded high performance chief Greg King.

The strength and conditioning specialist joins former Socceroos assistant and Joeys coach Peter Cklamovski in embracing Postecoglou's J.League project at the club partly owned by the City Football Group.

Postecoglou officially assumed control from departing Frenchman Erick Mombaerts following Monday's 2-1 Emperor's Cup final loss to Cerezo Osaka.

He has been quietly putting the foundations of his reign in place, with King, who joined the Reds two years ago from AFL club Port Adelaide, seen as a pivotal figure in delivering the fitness metrics demanded by the former Australia coach.

Reds chairman Greg Griffin confirmed King's departure, saying he was leaving with the club's blessing.

"We are at club that is always pleased to see the people who work with us go on to improve themselves in some way," he said.

"Greg thinks it's a wonderful opportunity for him. The facilities at Yokohama are apparently world class.

"Greg spoke to me of his intentions a couple of weeks back and we have had no hesitation in releasing him because we know when he does come back he will come back to Adelaide. That's our philosophy."

Griffin added that King was overseeing the selection of his replacement and was also assisting the club in an ongoing basis in its research and development project, which was his brainchild two years back.

"We will have an ongoing relationship with him," he said. "He's been terrific and I can't speak highly enough of his professionalism, and what he's brought to the club."

King was in charge of conditioning for Western Sydney Wanderers youth team prior his Port Adelaide role.