Warriors coach happy to leave space in squad

Adrian Lam is staying relaxed about the possibility of bringing in new blood to bolster his Warriors squad.

Thursday, 15th April 2021, 3:27 pm
Updated Thursday, 15th April 2021, 3:28 pm
Adrian Lam
Adrian Lam

Wigan still have room for manoeuvre under the salary cap, with Lam admitting last month he would be keep his options open.

And having won all three matches so far – heading into Thursday’s trip to Leeds – the Warriors chief is happy to keep a squad spot, and cap space, in hand for now.

“We’re sitting tight and being patient at the moment,” he said.

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“There is always an opportunity to pick up a front-rower or an outside back through the season.

“It’s something the club will stay on top of every day and every week of the competition and keep our eye on because you have to.

“We picked up Brad Singleton towards the end of last year, which certainly helped us turn the corner and drive us towards the Grand Final in 2020.

“We’re sitting tightly poised, waiting for the opportunity, but recruitment and retention is a day-to-day thing that we focus on.”

Lam’s options will be boosted further by the return of Dom Manfredi and Liam Marshall, along with Test centre Oliver Gildart.

“Dom Manfredi gets his hand out of the cast in two days’ time and the rest of his physical side is bang on because he’s still been able to run,” Lam revealed.

“Liam Marshall is still five or six weeks away and there are always hiccups with ACL injuries.

"There isn’t usually smooth runs with them, but he’s been going well, touch wood, and just has to keep working hard.

"He looks confident and the boys love him because he’s a funny guy around the place as well.”