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“No comment” – Adrian Lam’s blunt response to Zak Hardaker’s Leigh Leopards exit

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Leigh Leopards head coach Adrian Lam was blunt in response to being asked about Zak Hardaker, who has signed for Hull FC.

The move was announced on Monday, and marked the first of three players so far this week that has been confirmed to move from Leigh Leopards to Hull FC.

Since then, Oli Holmes and outside-back Ed Chamberlain have also been announced to be making the switch, and Leigh are now faced with having no centres contracted for next season.

Speaking in the press conference ahead of their clash with Huddersfield Giants this week, Adrian Lam refused to reveal much.

He said: “It’s policy at the club and something that we don’t comment on until the end of the year to be honest with you.

“That’s for the higher guys to get sorted, for me it’s business as usual so I’ve got no comment to add to that.”

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Leigh Leopards Adrian Lam on Huddersfield clash

Asked if he felt sympathy for Ian Watson, the Huddersfield Giants head coach, Lam responded: “Yeah I do, I always do.

“It’s a tough job and it’s been a really tough job here to manage the season so far with so many injuries.

“You can’t put too much emotion into worrying without other people, but you understand the situation, you understand the pressures that build.

“Everyone wants to win and everyone wants to be up the ladder and everyone wants to win the competition. I think fans and supporters just have to keep that in the back of their minds.

“I can’t worry about it too much this weekend. We need to win ourselves as a club and the pressure is on us to win. So the focus is on me and the group.”

Asked how he felt the Giants would play, Lam added: “I think they’re going to start very physical and play a high-intensity game. I think there are a lot of questions being asked within and around the place, they’re coming off a big defeat so they’ll want a response from the group.

“We’ve prepared for that here but we’ve got our own challenges and our own ‘why’, so the focus has got to be about us but we’re prepared that it’s going to be 100 miles an hour at the start, we’ve just got to make sure we manage that process and then come out on top.”

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