Lam previews Castleford

  • Adrian Lam looks ahead to Thursday’s Betfred Super League clash against Castleford.
  • Lam: “It’s a challenge we are excited for.”
  • Wigan Warriors v Castleford Tigers, Thurs 22nd April, DW Stadium, K.O. 6pm.

Adrian Lam expects the challenge of Castleford Tigers to be the ‘toughest’ of the 2021 season so far when the two sides meet on Thursday night (K.O. 6pm).

The Betfred Super League Round 4 fixture will see Wigan return to the DW Stadium for the first time since last November’s Semi Final against Hull FC.

Speaking to the media in his weekly press conference ahead of Thursday’s game, the head coach discussed the challenge that Castleford pose.

“They’ve been in pretty good form. They play an open brand of rugby and it’ll be our toughest game yet.

Four teams have begun the 2021 season with unbeaten records including Wigan and Castleford.

“They are undefeated, they’ve shown they can come from behind and that they can score points from any part of the field. It’s a challenge we are excited for.” 

Lam also provided his thoughts on Jackson Hastings, who confirmed his departure from the club at the end of the 2021 season to return to Australia with Wests Tigers (Learn more).

“I’m pleased for him in that he can chase the dream he wants by going back to the NRL. I’ve spoken to him and he’s spoken to the whole squad about it. I’m sure there will be nothing less than 100% commitment from him in training and on the field for the rest of the season.

“He’s been going through negotiations and playing well, so I can imagine now it’s all settled he can play even better.”

The head coach also commented on Sunday’s news that young half back Harry Smith had signed a new 4-year deal with the club (Learn more).

He said: ” I’m really pleased for Harry. He’s been here a long time coming through the youth system and he will be here a long time in the future with his new deal.”

Lam also provided updates on injuries in the squad ahead of Tuesday’s 21-man squad announcement.

“Dom Manfredi was looking good to play, but has taken a knock to his hand so we need to take another look at him.

“Tommy Leuluai has got a sternum issue. We will see how he pulls up and give it until captain’s run to decide. Oliver Gildart, we’re still not sure on, he’s a week-to-week one so we will keep checking on him also.”

However, there was more positive news on Bevan French, who missed out last week with a slight back concern.

“He’s likely to play this week. We were in no rush to put him out there last week in case of any soft tissue injuries, but he’s up to speed with the squad now.”