Adrian Lam would consider permanent Wigan stay after Shaun Edwards U-turn

Adrian Lam would consider permanent Wigan stay after Shaun Edwards U-turn

Adrian Lam is open to the prospect of taking charge of Wigan on a permanent basis following Shaun Edwards’ drawn-out U-turn.

Interim coach Lam – who was handed a 12-month deal while the club waited for Edwards’ rugby union commitments to finish – has been made the bookies’ favourite for the job.

Lam has not moved his family over for this year but admits his stance could change now Edwards has formally confirmed he will not be returning.

Ahead of Good Friday’s derby with St Helens Lam said: “Up until this point I’ve not really thought about it.

“It’s not really the week to focus on it too much and it’s something I’ll consider in the next week.

Edwards will stay with Wigan RU (Image: Getty)

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“I was always going home in October – that was the plan from the start and still is at this point in time.

“It wasn’t in my thinking but things change.

“We’ve got a massive weekend now with Friday and doubling up on Monday, and my priority now is making sure we get that right.”

Lam is confident that captain Sean O’Loughlin will recover from a calf complaint to face table-topping Saints and says his presence is vital in an injury-hit side.

Lam said: “He is the most experienced player in the comp.

“It’s not only the value he brings the team, but when you look around the dressing room at the start of the game and he’s here as captan it gives hope to the players around him.

O'Loughlin is set to return (Image: PA)

“We’ve got a lot of young players at the moment and they need that senior figure between them.”

Lam also defended his players following post-match criticism from Wakefield coach Chris Chester last week over a series of tackles aimed at the knee, which resulted in one suspension to hooker Sam Powell.

Lam said: “It was a little unfair I thought looking back at the video.

“I’m not sure where that’s come from – it’s not something I coach and it’s ridiculous in that sense.

“We’ll move on – nothing will change the way we play.”

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