The Melbourne Football Club has made a significant addition to its coaching staff.
The Demons have confirmed that they have signed former St Kilda coach Alan Richardson.
The 54-year-old will provide experience and support to Simon Goodwin and his assistant coaches.
Richardson finished up with the Saints in July as the club’s second longest-serving coach after 126 games at the helm.
“Following on from the appointment of Darren Burgess earlier in the year, we are very happy to have Alan come on board for season 2020,” General Manager of Football Operations Josh Mahoney told Melbourne Media.
“Alan is extremely well respected within the industry and it was no surprise that he had a number of options from other clubs, and we are pleased that he has chosen Melbourne.
“He brings with him a wealth of knowledge having filled a number of senior football roles at a number of clubs.”
Apart from Richardson's time with the Saints, he has had assistant coaching stints with the Western Bulldogs, Collingwood, Essendon, Carlton and Port Adelaide.
Brendan McCartney and Craig Jennings have recently departed the club but the Demons have acted smartly and swiftly by securing Richardson’s services.