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Adrian Lam reveals transfer plans and potential signings for 2025

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Leigh Leopards secured the services of Adrian Lam for a further three years with the Papua New Guinean signing a contract extension and the 52-year-old has now revealed exactly how it happened.

Adrian Lam had his first foray into being a head coach with Leigh’s neighbour Wigan where he spent three seasons, narrowly falling short of the Grand Final victory in 2020 after Jack Welsby’s famous try after the hooter.

Just two months after departing the Warriors at the end of the 2021 campaign, Leigh made what was arguably their most important signing in club history and secured Lam as their own head coach. What has happened in the following two-and-a-half seasons has been quite extraordinary and Lam’s new deal signifies that he’s not done yet.

Upon confirmation of his deal, Lam 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.”

He’s now doubled down on that in a newly released interview where he’s explained everything; from rejecting NRL and Super League offers, the project so far, the commitment and ‘good times ahead’, and also what was happening in that picture Derek Beaumont posted on social media.

Did Derek Beaumont buy Adrian Lam a Bentley?

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There have been plenty of talks that Adrian Lam would be getting a new contract this season with the head coach the most significant off-contract asset by far for the club. Derek Beaumont had revealed that a three-year deal had been put on the table and he heightened rumours when he shared a picture of himself and Lam shaking hands with a bottle of bubbly in a room emblazoned with the Bentley logo.

Despite the amazing news that he’s signed a new three-year deal, Adrian Lam has revealed what everyone has been asking him since the deal was confirmed.

“I’ve had messages about it asking if he bought me a Bentley. Maybe, no, it’s nothing like that,” he told LeopardsTV.

“It was just a room that we were at. I went to meet him there and talked about finalising the deal.

Lam even explained that Beaumont’s commitment to getting a deal sorted was a major boost for himself: “I was really pleased with the fact that he was overseas and it looked like he was having a good time there but he went out of his way to come back and get this finalised.”

Expanding on that, Lam noted: “It was important because there was pressure coming from all over the place but I’ve got a great relationship with Derek and Neil Jukes and Chris Chester and I think that’s what helps with what we’ve achieved here so far. I think that’s really important. It certainly plays a big decision in me staying.”

The biggest issue facing Lam and the Leigh Leopards

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It’s a massive re-signing for Leigh Leopards who have had plenty of issues keeping their talent for 2025 so far with confirmed exits for John Asiata as well as reported exits for players such as Zak Hardaker and Ollie Holmes, whilst speculation continues that Tom Amone could be set for an NRL return.

In Adrian Lam though, they’ve got  a man who knows how to build a squad from the ground up. After all, it’s something that he did when he first arrived at the club and he has explained that that’s an experience that he will lean on as the club go through what appears to be a transitional year both on and off the field.

He explained: “When I arrived there was only six players here. We worked really hard on creating a squad and we’re building on that every week, every month, every year. We’ve changed a lot of players from that time. There’ll be a lot of changes at the end of this year as well.

“As I mentioned, the three-year deal will hopefully show to people that I’m committed to what we’ve started here and that there’s going to be a lot more good times ahead and we’re looking forward to that.”

He reaffirmed that there will be a major player changeover but that it wouldn’t be anything to worry about and instead be simply another challenge that he is relishing as he explained that both the fans and the squad were key factors in him putting pen to paper for his new deal.

“It was also the fans and the squad that we have but like I said, there’s going to be a lot of changes towards the end of the year and I’m looking forward to how we can keep building it and moving forward.”

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