Leigh Centurions set for another key duo following Adrian Lam’s move

Adrian Lam will be the Leigh Centurions head coach as the club attempts to get back to Super League at the first time of asking.

The Centurions were relegated at the end of the 2021 season after winning just two games all season, and owner Derek Beaumont knew he had to recruit big to enhance Leigh’s chance of making it back sharpish.

“Adrian’s record speaks for itself,” Beaumont told the Leigh website.

“Then we have got Chezzy (Chris Chester) who has been at two clubs and the biggest part in a club is always recruitment.

“We’ve finally got the strong leader, we can look that bit further forward and get in a Super League situation and Adrian can be here for a long time.”

Chester also waxed lyrical about the new head coach, revealing that he and Lam had kept in touch during last season as both struggled in their respective jobs.

“I always knew Lammy (Adrian Lam) would go into coaching, he was such an inspirational player.

“He had the flair as a player and the way he communicates with the boys is very impressive.

“I’m looking forward to working with Adrian and our relationship goes back a long time.

“When time was tough at Wakefield Trinity, Adrian messaged me quite regularly and I made sure I was supportive when wigan weren’t doing too well.”

The former Wakefield and Hull KR boss was keen to stress the pull that Lam has on any potential new signing.

“We’re trying to recruit a team that’s Super League ready.

“What’s really important is to have that continuity and prepare a team ready for the fight.

“We will add over the coming weeks as well, but having Adrian is a big plus.

“I spoke to a player and an agent today and I mentioned Adrian’s name and they pretty much pen to paper straight away.”

Owner Derek Beaumont also called for patience from the fans.

“I’m not on social media as much nowadays but there seems to be an anxiety that we haven’t got a 25-man squad or had a coach or signings.

“Chris has probably got contracts for three people ready to go, but we’re going to announce them in a way that works for him.”

One of those was presumably Keanan Brand who signed from Warrington over the weekend, leaving another duo left to announce.

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