- Adrian Lam on becoming Wigan Head Coach in 2019
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Adrian Lam has admitted he knew he was always going to return to Wigan after the 2002 Challenge Cup winning halfback was announced as Interim Head Coach for the 2019 season on Wednesday.
Speaking at Thursday’s press conference at the DW Stadium, Lam said: “I knew I was always going to come back some day and although I’m here for 12 months you never know what might happen after that.
“It’s something I’m excited about. It’s happened so quickly in the last 72 hours but it’s something I’m really honoured about and looking forward to and also working with Shaun (Edwards) and making sure that in 12 months time when he takes over that he’s in line.
Lam revealed what the Club means to him and his reasons for taking up the role of Head Coach for 2019.
“I’m really proud and excited to be involved with this great Club again,” he said.
“I’ve probably had some of the best times of my life here. The Wigan town, the Wigan people, the Club and its tradition, some of the legendary players I’ve played with – I get emotional about it because it was a special time in my life. I have some great memories and there’s a place in my heart that will always be there for Wigan.”
Lam will hand over the reins to Shaun Edwards in 2020 as the Club legend signed a three-year contract for when his commitments with the Wales Rugby Union side end after the World Cup.
He said: “At the moment I’m contracted to 12 months and I’m just going to focus on that and then hand it over to Shaun. What comes at the back of that I don’t know at the moment but I think that excites me to think that this great Club will be competitive next year so we’ll have to see what happens.
“I understand the situation and I’ve been briefed completely about it and I’m happy with that.”
Lam also spoke about how his side will play next season with his priority being attacking rugby.
“I think I can make a difference here in 12 months. Shaun Wane has done a great job over the last seven years. I’ll throw a bit more attack into the team and we’ll see how we’ll go with the footy and there’ll be a little bit of difference with the footy style in the next 12 months.
“Terry Newton, who was my favourite player who I played with, was very influential in changing the way that I saw Rugby League in England and the way that you play. It still stands firmly in my mind the conversation with him that I should come back one day and play but the style that we talked about continuously over the years is a style that I’d like to introduce here and its more flamboyancy and more attacking so I’m looking forward to adding that to the side.
“Hopefully, that will bring the crowds in and the numbers up as it something we can all work together to try and fill the stadium a bit more and the new style might trigger that off.”