Adrian Lam now fronts an ambitious Leigh Centurions club that is desperate to return to Super League following their relegation in 2021.
After three seasons at the Wigan Warriors – where he steered them to a Grand Final in 2020 and him to a Coach of the Year award in the same year – Lam was readying to go back home, but that the loss of the World Cup and then an approach by head of rugby at Leigh Chris Chester convinced him otherwise.
“I’d made the decision halfway through the year to go back to Australia but things change, the World Cup changed,” Lam told The Canberra Times.
“The original intention was to finish off at Wigan and then go into the World Cup and then head back to Australia with a potential role in the NRL.
“When that all changed, I was heading back when Chris Chester rang me about staying here for 12 more months leading into the World Cup and I thought maybe I could do that.
“I was really excited from my conversations with the club and I’ve enjoyed every moment of my time here.”
With former Wigan associate Tony Clubb joining Leigh as an assistant coach, the Centurions are well primed for a tilt at promotion from the Championship.