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Richo’s halo secured with two-year extension

October 6, 2017 7:35 PM

Alan Richardson and members of the Saints leadership group during a visit to Moorabbin's new RSEA Park development.   - Alan Richardson

Alan Richardson and members of the Saints leadership group during a visit to Moorabbin's new RSEA Park development.

The St Kilda Football Club is pleased to announce senior coach Alan Richardson has re-committed to the Club, signing a two-year contract extension.

President Peter Summers announced the extension, that will see Richardson lead the Saints until at least the end of 2020, at Friday night’s Trevor Barker Award at Peninsula, Docklands.

Summers said Richardson was a key plank in the club’s future plans.

“After considering all the factors carefully, the board had no hesitation in endorsing the extension of Alan’s contract for a further two years,” he said.

“The experience, knowledge, structure and commitment he has brought to our club over the past four years has been outstanding and we know moving forward he’s the right person to lead our football program.

“Alan is highly respected externally, but even more so internally. 

“He leads an experienced coaching team within our football department, and has a strong relationship with our playing group, the executive team, St Kilda staff and our many corporate and community partners. 

“We, along with our loyal members and supporters, were disappointed not to play finals this season, but we have great faith in the direction the team is heading under Alan’s leadership.

“Given the improvement we saw in a number of areas and individuals, and our strong draft position, we are incredibly excited for what the future holds.” 

Richardson joined the Saints ahead of the 2014 season from Port Adelaide, following stints at the Western Bulldogs, Collingwood, Essendon and Carlton.

“I’m really excited about what this group can achieve in the future,” Richardson said.

“We were disappointed not to reach the finals this season given the strong position we were in midyear.

“But we did see improvement on many fronts and, importantly, a number of individuals took steps in the right direction.

“We proved as a team that when at our best we could compete with anyone, but we weren’t able to sustain the level of consistency needed to become a regular finals side.

“We’ve got a core group of players entering the stage of their careers where they generally find that consistency, and an experienced coaching group to support and lead them”

“There is a really strong appetite from all of us to get to work over the pre-season and address the areas we know we need to work on.”