Jai Field on board at Wigan Warriors... but where will he play?
Adrian Lam is thrilled to have Jai Field on board – even if he is unsure where he will start the Super League season.
The 23-year-old has been training with his new team-mates for the last few days following his arrival from Australia.
Field – a former junior team-mate of Jackson Hastings and Bevan French – has played 17 NRL games for St George Illawarra and Parramatta.
He has speed to burn, with his preferred position as “a running five-eighth (stand-off)”.
Lam admits he has a headache getting him into a side which also features Thomas Leuluai – and hooker Sam Powell.
And he has not ruled out the prospect of Field starting on the bench – as French did, when he arrived in mid-2019 – as he settles into the side.
“It’s great to have Jai here,” said Lam.
“In terms of how he’ll fit in, it’s a difficult one – but it’s a good, difficult one!
“I’m the sort of coach who wants to be loyal to those who have done a good job for us, whether that’s keeping Willie Isa at right backrow or keeping Tommy Leuluai at right side halfback.
“But there’s no doubt Jai will benefit us, he’s a quality player. We’re not selecting the team yet but you’d imagine he’d be in the 17 somewhere, even if that’s off the bench while he settles in and finds his feet over here.”
Field has signed a two-year deal and Lam has already predicted he will be one of the fastest players in Super League this term.