Former PNG coach Lam favourite for Wigan job

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Former player Adrian Lam is the new favourite for the Wigan Warriors head coach job with reports suggesting that he has already signed a deal to take the helm for 2019.

Currently working with the juniors at Sydney Roosters, ex-Wigan half-back Lam, 47, made 119 appearances for the club between 2001 and 2004, scoring the Warriors’ sole try in their Grand Final defeat at the end of his first season. The following season, however, saw Lam cross in their Challenge Cup victory over rivals St Helens, a team they would lose the same event to in 2004 with Lam, again, starting.

His coaching career thus far has seen him take the helm of the national team of his home nation, Papua New Guinean, as well as a stint as an assistant to current England coach Wayne Bennett at St George Illwarra Dragons. In addition, he also assisted former Wigan head coach Stuart Raper at Cronulla.

If Lam does take control with the Warriors, it is believed that his 20-year-old son, Lachlan, would follow. Currently on the books of the NRL Roosters, the youngster made his Papua New Guinea debut in last year’s World Cup, scoring twice against the USA.

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