ST KILDA assistant coach Adam Kingsley has left the club to join Damien Hardwick's team at reigning premier Richmond. 

Kingsley joined the Saints in 2011 and has spent the past eight years in various coaching roles.

Richmond confirmed on Monday morning that Kingsley would join the Tigers. Meanwhile, Port Adelaide assistant Brendon Lade has joined the Saints, reportedly along with Hawthorn assistant (and former Carlton coach) Brett Ratten as St Kilda shakes up its coaching panel. 

Richmond football boss Neil Balme said: "We're really impressed with Adam and feel that he'll be a great addition to Richmond's coaching department. 

"With 12 years' coaching experience, Adam sees the game really well, is a strong communicator, and we feel that he'll connect really well with our coaches and players, and complement our coaching program."

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Kingsley follows the departure of Simon McPhee (senior midfield assistant), Rohan Welsh (senior forward assistant) and Lindsay Gilbee (defensive assistant) who were told to look for new jobs at the start of August. 

St Kilda general manager of football Simon Lethlean thanked Kingsley for his contribution to the Saints.

"Adam has played a key role in St Kilda's coaching team over the past eight years and believes the time is right to take on a new challenge," Lethlean said.