Lam extends for 2021

Wigan Warriors are pleased to announce a one-year extension for Adrian Lam as head coach for the 2021 season.  

In 2020, Lam guided Wigan to its first League Leaders’ Shield since 2012, was named the Betfred Super League Coach of the Year and led the Club into its 11th Grand Final and an amazing match against St Helens at the culmination of a very difficult season for Rugby League and all sports.

Lam with the League Leaders’ Shield and the Coach of the Year Award.

In that stunning Grand Final, Lam became the first person in Super League to have both played for and been the head coach of the same team in Grand Finals.  

Having been Wigan head coach for two years, he now leads an even stronger Wigan Warriors squad into 2021 with the intention and opportunity to win major trophies in his third year.   

With 34 Super League wins from 52 games, Lam has a winning percentage of 65% since becoming Wigan boss at the start of 2019.  

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.  

Lam with the League Leaders’ Shield.

“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 very 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 said: “Adrian has done well in the very difficult circumstances of 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 fits 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.”