17 Nov 2021

Lam appointed Centurions coach

Leigh Centurions have confirmed former Wigan Warriors coach, Adrian Lam, as their new head coach as they prepare for the 2022 Betfred Championship season.

Lam has spent the last three seasons as head coach to Wigan Warriors, guiding them to within 80 minutes of the grand final in his first year. In 2020 Wigan lifted the League Leaders Shield but lost to St Helens in a dramatic grand final. The 2020 season also saw Lam named Betfred Super League Coach of the Year.

Leigh Centurions head of rugby Chris Chester revealed the pair had remained firm friends since playing together for Wigan 20 years ago.

Chris Chester said: “Adrian’s signing is a real signal of intent by the Club. He’s an ex-Super League Coach of the Year and the current Australia assistant coach. He was a fantastic international player and he’s coached at the highest level, both here and overseas.

“Now Adrian has been appointed we can sit down and assess the current playing squad and look at areas where we need to strengthen, so that when the season starts at the end of January, we can hit the ground running.

“I’ve known Adrian since we played at Wigan, and we have kept in touch ever since. He has always been very supportive of me in my coaching career and regularly sent me texts and rang me up, and I supported him as best I could in return.

“Adrian’s signing is massive for the Club and a real coup for us.”

Adrian Lam said: “I am really looking forward to the challenge and am excited to be involved. The target is for us to get promoted back into Super League. It’s a different level for me but I have the same expectations as I would have with a Super League club in that I want the club to do well. Leigh Centurions is a proud club and I am looking forward to being part of its history. I am also looking forward to learning all about the town and meeting everyone.”

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