MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 26: Jack Steven of the Saints controls the ball during the round 23 AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Etihad Stadium on August 26, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Alan Richardson was quick to end any speculation revolving around reports that Geelong were chasing a trade involving St Kilda star, Jack Steven.

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.