Adrian Lam is well known in England due to his superb stint as a player with Wigan Warriors as well as his spell as Wigan coach.
The former stand-off led Wigan to the League Leaders’ Shield in 2020 as Head Coach and his Warriors side were a bounce of the ball away from Grand Final glory that season as Jack Welsby’s try defeated his team in the decider.
Now Leigh Centurions boss having built a superb squad in the Championship, he’s chasing promotion to Super League. As he built this star-studded squad, there was talk that he was hoping to sign his son Lachlan Lam from Sydney Roosters to feature in the halves.
However, the move never happened with Lachlan staying with Sydney hoping to fight for a place in the first team with another young halfback Sam Walker who is ironically son of another former Super League half. His dad Ben Walker featured for Leeds Rhinos in the early 2000s.
As Lachlan looks to earn more first grade rugby alongside or at the expense of Walker, he caught the eye for the Roosters’ feeder team North Sydney in their 28-18 win over Western Suburbs in the NSW Cup.
He was the central hub of his side’s attack with his kicking and passing stretching their opponents. He also came up with a try of his own as he tore down the middle of the field on the back of a right foot step.
On the jump to first grade rugby, Lam told the Sydney Roosters website: “It’s pretty easy (preparing to play first grade and not being utilised). It’s the game I grew up playing and enjoying as a kid. Wherever I am, footy is footy.”
Sydney Head Coach and former Catalans Dragons boss Trent Robinson certainly thinks highly of him naming in his match day squads over the last two weeks and the more he impresses in the NSW Cup the more likely it is we’ll see him star again for the Roosters adding to his 31 NRL appearances meaning it may be a long time, if ever, that we see father and son unite in Britain although never say never. If Leigh get promoted in 2022 and first grade rugby continues to allude Lachlan, who knows Super League rugby with his dad may be an exciting option for him to consider.