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Adrian Lam opens up on Hull FC links after signing new contract

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Leigh Leopards earlier confirmed that they had signed head coach Adrian Lam to a new three-year deal, putting an end to any speculation that he was set to join either Hull FC or South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Those were the two teams that Adrian Lam had most frequently been connected with, Sky Sports’ pundits connecting him with the Hull FC role in Super League, whilst Australian commentator Andrew Voss had theorised that a return to Sydney was on the cards.

Adrian Lam had commented on that speculation when asked about his situation, explaining: “I was linked with the Souths job last week, it’s Hull this week, it’s probably someone else next week.

“I don’t want to get too caught up with negotiating or talking to other clubs that may be of interest or all speculation in my opinion.”

Following today’s announcement that he has signed a new three-year deal that will keep him at the club until 2027, he’s commented once again.

He said: “I promised you a five-year plan and this extension shows that I’m as committed to this club now as I was in game one in the Championship. The journey I’ve been on with these boys has been absolutely amazing.

“Outside noise” – Adrian Lam commits to Leigh and dismissed Hull FC links

One of the reasons why there was so much speculation over Lam’s future was in part due to his apparent surprise when he was informed that owner Derek Beaumont had revealed that a three-year contract offer had been tabled.

Speaking after Leigh’s epic draw with Castleford, Lam told LeopardsTV: “I’m not sure if that’s exactly right. I’ve been talking to the club and we’re certainly down the track, but I didn’t know he’d given out the details.”

Despite that miscommunication, Adrian Lam has now spoken on his new deal in a message that dismissed any notion of a move to Hull FC and thanked the adoring Leopards’ fans.

“You’ll never ever understand because words can’t do justice to it, just how much your support means to me, as you are the heartbeat of our club and I care about every single one of you.

“I know there’s been a lot of talk about my future in recent weeks but that was all it was, outside noise. To me, Leigh has become home and the Leythers my people, so I’m extremely grateful that Derek, Neil and Chezy want to carry on this journey with me. Thank you.”

Lam has already led Leigh into Super League and added a Challenge Cup to the team’s honours wall, cementing himself as a club legend, but he now intends to go further than that promising that it’s all simply been “part of a journey”.

He added: “Representing this club is a massive, massive honour. When I came here, I knew this club was a sleeping giant and it didn’t belong in the Championship. To get back into Super League and also bring the Challenge Cup to Leigh for the first time in over fifty years was incredible.

“But that was only part of the journey, it wasn’t the destination. There’s so much more I want to bring to this club for the fans because our fans are incredible. We’ve had a tough start to this season with ups and downs and players not being in games due to injury, but the one consistent has been you, the fans.

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