- Adrian Lam thanked the people of Wigan as he gave his thoughts following the Warriors’ defeat on Thursday evening.
- Lam: “I just want to say a big thank you to all the fans who have been by my side as a player or a coach, or either.”
- FT | Wigan Warriors 0-8 Leeds Rhinos.
Adrian Lam thanked the Wigan fans following Thursday night’s defeat to Leeds Rhinos that saw the Warriors’ 2021 season and his time as head coach come to an end.
“I’ve spent a big chunk of my life in Wigan and I absolutely love the place,” said the Warriors boss to the press at the DW Stadium following the Play-Off Eliminator defeat. “I love the people, our fans, my players and staff. I’ve had a really great ride, great experiences and I’ve learnt a lot along the way.
“Hopefully I’ve brought through a lot of young players here that can set the Club up for what’s next. Some of my leadership group that have backed me through this process have been outstanding and I just want to say a big thank you to all the fans who have been by my side as a player or a coach, or either. I will take these memories to my grave, I leave with some wonderful moments and memories.”
The Warriors fell short in a closely contested game against Leeds at the DW. Lam said: “I’m absolutely gutted, the dressing room is devastated. We just didn’t really get into our rhythm tonight with the ball attacking wise, but I thought we defended pretty tough for most of the game.”
He added: “In those tough tight games as soon as the opposition score, it’s hard to come back. We didn’t really attack the way that we trained this week, it’s been a little bit that way all year with the lack of combination.”
Lam summarised: “There’s a lot of players leaving including myself. They’re just gutted because we had an opportunity there to finish on a fairytale, it hardly comes true but it was in our hands to get to a Semi Final but we couldn’t quite get there tonight.”