NRL Chairman underlines interest in Adrian Lam

Former Wigan Warriors star and coach Adrian Lam has built a huge reputation for himself now at Leigh Leopards.

It doesn’t seem like yesterday that his Wigan side were getting dumped out of the play-offs by Leeds Rhinos without scoring a point at home.

However, that season cast an unfair light on Lam’s time at the DW Stadium which saw his Wigan side finish top in 2020 and a bounce of the ball away from being crowned Super League Champions.

In 2022 he joined Leigh losing just twice all season and winning three trophies before delivering a fourth in the Challenge Cup Final.

Now NRL clubs are interested in the Leigh boss with one Chairman speaking to the Mole of Wide World of Sports underlining the interest.

“What he has done with Leigh has the rugby league world talking – he is a future first grade coach here for sure,” he said.

“He has been there, done that as a player and a coach and could be a breath of fresh air to a club looking for a new face in the next couple of years.”

However, Lam has said he is happy at the club.

“Maybe one day, yeah. I think so. I’m the happiest coach in the world at the moment, too. I love my job that I do. I drive to work every morning,” he said when asked.

“I feel so happy that I’m there and I’m resigning there for another year. I don’t want to go anywhere else. It’s just, you know, some great memories are getting, it’s hard to want to think about leaving to be honest at the moment because of what they’re achieving and I don’t want to go anywhere and I don’t want to even think about it.

“If that opportunity comes up, we’ll deal with it when it does but for now, you know, I’m grateful that we’ve brought some civil way back to Leigh. It’s been a very long time. They haven’t had much to cheer about and, you know, I think, you know, imagine how happy they’re going to be on that drive back tonight or tomorrow morning and they’ve got this, something to talk about, you know, they’re saying we’re not just a bus stop anymore and all that sort of stuff.

“Yeah, just very grateful for what we have, the people around us, and we’ve just got to keep getting better as we go.”

So it seems Lam is here for the time being. In fact both Lams are at the club long term and that is bad news for Super League.