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Will Adrian Lam be coaching Wigan in 2022?

09 Mar 21, 7:31AM 0 Comments

Written by John Davidson

Adrian Lam is off-contract at the end of this year at the Wigan Warriors and has made no decisions yet on his future.

Lam rejoined his old club in 2019 and led them to the major semi-final in his firs season, one game from the grand final. Last year Wigan finished top, winning the League Leader’s Shield, but lost the grand final against St Helens to a last-minute try.

Lam’s current deal at the Warriors finishes at the end of 2021, but it is not something the 50-year-old is concerned about.

“No, I’ve just been a year-to-year rolling contract, which is exactly where I want to be at the moment,” he told Everything Rugby League.

“There’s no rush. I’m a believer in that if it’s meant to be it will sort itself out.
“If I just keep working hard and we get a bit of success this year then I’m sure things shouldn’t change that much differently to what they currently are.”

Lam has a win rate of 58% at the DW Stadium, with 19 victories from 33 games, since he took the reins from Shaun Wane.

The coach is seeking to go one better in 2021 and win the Super League grand final, after suffering defeat in heart-breaking fashion in Hull last November.

Lam believes that St Helens again will be the team to be wary of.

“St Helens, absolutely,” he said.

“There’ll be a smokey there. There’s a couple of teams that are on the rise and have recruited heavily and well.

“St Helens have probably been the dominant force of the past two years and I can’t see any different for 2021.

“But we want to try and upset that apple cart, to try and flip the tables on how that stands.”

The Warriors have made just two signings for the new season, in John Bateman and Jai Field. They have lost a number of players, with captain Sean O’Loughlin retiring and the likes of Ben Flower, George Burgess, Joe Greenwood and Joe Burgess departing to other clubs.

But with their impressive academy continuing to deliver and their existing squad that includes the likes of Bevan French, Zak Hardaker, Jackson Hastings, Oliver Gildart and Liam Farrell, Wigan are expected to be one of the contenders once more.

The Warriors kick off their Super League campaign on March 26 against Leigh.

Lam is confident pre-season is going to plan for his team.

“It’s been really good,” he said.

“We obviously had a hiccup [with Covid] a couple of weeks ago, that probably set us back a fraction. But we’re back in, we’re back into it and we are where we want to be and everyone’s training really well.”

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