FROM Dream Team number seven to playing dual reg with Leigh in the Championship, Danny Richardson’s harsh descent on the rugby league rollercoaster is not an experience he wants to repeat in a hurry.

This time last year he was on top of the world after being voted the best scrum half in the comp, but by January he had lost his spot to Theo Fages and has struggled to string a run of games together in the Saints first team.

After, in his own words, an “awful 2019”, the 23-year-old is determined to get back to doing what he does best - stressing that he “is not a quitter.”

Richardson said: “I have struggled because for me, personally, it has been an awful year, one that I don’t want to repeat.

“At first and was down and moody all the time, but I realised that I am not going to get anywhere doing that so have tried to take the positives out of it.

“I will try and put the year behind me once it is done, hopefully we can kick on as a team and get the Grand Final won and then we will see what is what.

“But for me personally I just want to play rugby league and I have not been doing that.

“The last few weeks of getting games lifted me, but then I didn’t play the week before Wembley or at Wembley and then it is back to how it has been during those early months.

“We will see how the rest of the year plays out.

“But I am a St Helens player, contracted till next year any way.”

Richardson has some strong facets to his game - particularly his kicking - but there are aspects he wants to refine and improve, and knows there is only one way that can happen.

“I want to improve and want to reach my potential and I am only going to do that by playing, which I haven’t been doing much this year.

“I have still been working hard - I am never going to just give up, I am not a quitter and I still train as hard as ever.

“We will see what happens when the new coach comes and whether I am in his plans or not,” he said.