MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 08: Alan Richardson, Senior Coach of the Saints is seen during the St Kilda Saints AFL training session at Bricker Reserve Athletics Track on November 08, 20108 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

St Kilda coach Alan Richardson believes his side will bounce back following a very disappointing 2018 season.

The Saints won only four games to finish in 16th place, a long way off the finals where they predicted to end up before the season.

“I spoke about what our focus is going to be in terms of pre-season and why but I did need to touch again on last season,” Richardson told SEN.

“I felt the need, it was pretty brief, it was pretty frank and then it was, let’s move on and what does move on look like.”

Richardson believes that the squad have a new-found determination following the arrival of the likes of Dan Hannebery and Dean Kent.

“I’m sensing from the group in terms of their attitude and the way they’re going about their training, the way they’ve gone about their time away from the footy club, there is a strong motivation to do something about last year,” Richardson added.

“I don’t know whether the motivation is embarrassment, is proud, I don’t really care. We know as a group we need to respond.”