2nd December 2020, 19:11 | Wigan

Adrian Lam agrees one-year extension at Wigan

Adrian Lam agrees one-year extension at Wigan

Betfred Super League Coach of the Year is staying

Adrian Lam has agreed a new one-year deal with Wigan Warriors which will see him remain as Head Coach for the 2021 Betfred Super League season.

Lam led Wigan to their first League Leaders’ Shield since 2012 but failed to guide them to a Betfred Super League Grand Final triumph being denied in the most dramatic of circumstances at the KCOM Stadium last Friday. 

The former Papua New Guinea International became the first person to play and coach the same team in Betfred Super League Grand Finals having featured for the Warriors at Old Trafford back in 2001.

Lam has been at the helm at the DW Stadium since the beginning of the 2019 season and has won 34 of his 52 games in the Betfred Super League. 

On signing a new deal, Lam said: “I’m really excited. It’s a massive honour for me to re-sign at this great club.

“It’s been a fantastic year overall. I’ve seen the team grow as a unit and winning the League Leaders’ Shield was a highlight, but we must go one better in 2021.

“The squad has been strengthened each year since my arrival, and with the new players coming in and another year’s experience behind our hardened young players, we’re in a great position to take trophy-winning advantage of that. 

“We have the opportunity to create a team environment for 2021 that’s steeled for action with speed to burn, making us a very difficult team to play against. We want teams to need to be at their best to have a chance of beating us.

“In the Grand Final you could see how close knit our team was. That’s who we are now but we must, and can, get better to win those trophies. We’re looking forward to 2021 and to the excitement that a new Super League season promises.

Wigan Warriors Chairman, Ian Lenagan, added: “Adrian has done well in the very difficult circumstances of the season 2020. 

“To win the Head Coach of the Year Award and the League Leaders’ Shield and to come so close to winning a great Grand Final is a good effort. But he knows we want more, and we think him well capable of that. 

“He has a strong desire to take Wigan to a higher level, his ethos fit well with our ambitions and he is clearly enjoying his work and relishing the squad available to him in 2021. 

“Every season presents different challenges and next year will be no different. The challenge for Adrian and his coaching team is to be better each year and I can’t wait for that and for a superb year for Super League and for Rugby League generally. 

“We all deserve it.”