Adrian Lam wants NRL move one day

In the first Challenge Cup Final without Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors, Warrington Wolves and St Helens since 1986 it was Leigh Leopards’ time to shine as they defeated Hull KR to win their first Challenge Cup Final since 1971 at Wembley on Saturday.

It was a family affair as Leigh boss Adrian Lam watched on as son Lachlan Lam emulated his Wigan Warriors success but in a Leopards shirt.

Lam won the Man of the Match and the Lance Todd Trophy after scoring Leigh’s first try and nailing the winning drop goal in golden point.

It was the first drop goal of his career remarkably.

Since then, there has been talk around Adrian Lam potentially moving to the NRL and speaking on the club’s YouTube channel he revealed an ambition to coach in the NRL but is happy where he is now:

“That’s what happens I guess when you have that success like we had on the weekend. I’m okay with all of that.

“It was a goal to coach in the NRL one day and hopefully I’ll get back to it at the right time. I’ll let the Gods of Rugby League dictate that.

“I do know that I’m enjoying and loving my time here. I’ve got a lot of good friends here. I feel as coach I’ve got the best job in the world. Every day when I drive in here, the support that I’ve got from Derek Beaumont and Chris Chester and Neil Jukes and all of my players and my leadership group is, I’m a happy coach and I love it here.

“So we’re building something really well here and that’s why I said, you know, I think we’ve also, our recruitment for next year and our retention, we’re going to have a better team next year than what we had this year, in my opinion.

“I think we have a five year plan here, we’re heading in the right direction, and there’s more good times ahead. So, I’ll just stick to the day to day basis on that, I’ll allow that NRL stuff to take care of itself, but if it’s meant to go my way, I’m sure discussions are there down in the future, but for now, I’m really happy here, mate.

“I think we’ve brought some great memories and great times to the people living in Leigh and our fans and supporters. And long may that continue. I think we’ve still got a job to do for this year, so I’ll just keep our head down and keep working hard.”