Despite plans to pursue an “aggressive” trade period, and what has been described as a “fiery” end of season meeting between player and coach, Richardson was clear in his wish to retain the contracted Steven, a three time best and fairest winner for the Saints.
“Jack is a key part of what we’re doing,” Richardson told Fox Footy’s AFL 360.
“We’re really comfortable that Jack’s not only staying with us but is a really important part of driving what we’re doing.”
Geelong are looking to acquire additional talent after their disappointing finals elimination on Friday, with talented Dogs midfielder, Luke Dahlhaus, a reported target.
Even if the reports of Geelong targeting Steven were true, it would stretch the resources of the Cats, who must use a first-round pick in the 2018 and 2019 national drafts after dealing away their first-round picks in the two previous seasons.
After a decade at the club, it appears that St Kilda are keen to retain Steven, one of their few consistent players in a disastrous four-win 2018 season.