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Jake Stringer's future at the Dogs is in doubt

We would be interested in any player that could complement (the recruiting) we've already done

ST KILDA coach Alan Richardson says the "incredibly elite attributes" of Jake Stringer would make the reportedly disgruntled Western Bulldog a player of interest to the Saints.

Speculation is mounting that Stringer is seeking a fresh start at another club after two inconsistent seasons following All Australian selection in 2015.

Despite being contracted for 2018, the premiership Bulldog looms with out-of-contract Giant Josh Kelly as two of the most sought-after players in next month's NAB Trade Period.

The Saints will hold a strong hand at the trade table, with club possessing two top-10 picks and plenty of salary cap room.

Kelly has been strongly linked to the Saints recently, while AFL.com.au understands Geelong is leading the race to secure Stringer's services if he leaves the Dogs.

When asked about the likelihood of attracting Stringer and Kelly to the club, Richardson said the Saints would be looking to add quality players to their young list.

"We would be interested in any player that could complement (the recruiting) we've already done, and (Jake) has some incredibly elite attributes, so if he is (available), I'm sure as a list management group we'll look at players like that," Richardson told SEN on Friday.

"To be honest, I don't really know where it all sits (with Kelly), but what I know as a footy club (is) we're looking to complement the list, and we like the work we've done.

"It's awkward to talk about, and I apologise to our fans for being generic, but we're after quality players.

"If it is we don't get a player of that sort and quality, we'll go to the draft with pick seven and eight, and that's pretty exciting."

Kelly would add class to Saints' midfield boasting young stars Seb Ross, Jack Billings, Luke Dunstan and Jack Sinclair, but Stringer's explosiveness would give their engine room a point of difference.

While the 24-year-old has only spent limited time on the ball during his five seasons at Whitten Oval, Richardson says Stringer has the physical capabilities to log more minutes in the midfield.

"(The midfield) is certainly an area where he's done a bit for the Bulldogs," Richardson said.

"I'm not sure about when somebody is incredibly explosive, they don't then have endurance to match, otherwise you end up with a freak like (Chris) Judd.

"There's not many of those (players around) … but he has that capability."