Melbourne has made another signing for the 2020 season, securing the services of former St Kilda coach Alan Richardson.
On Friday morning, Richardson revealed his intentions to join the red and blue and officially signed with the club.
After a disappointing year to date, General Manager of Football Operations Josh Mahoney says recruiting someone of Richardson’s calibre is a great step forward for the Demons.
“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,” 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.”
Richardson is the second-longest serving St Kilda coach in its history, leading the club in 126 games between 2014 and 2019.
Previously, he gained experience coaching VFL club Coburg, and assistant coaching at AFL level for the Western Bulldogs, Collingwood, Essendon, Carlton and Port Adelaide.
The 54-year-old will be able to offer strong support to Simon Goodwin and help the growth of the whole coaching team.
Richardson also has a strong relationship with new performance manager Burgess, after the pair spent time together at Port Adelaide.
On top of his coaching background, Richardson played 114 games at the top level for Collingwood and will be a great asset for the Dees when he commences in his new role later in the year.
The club will speak in more depth about his position at the end of the season.