Lam in the frame for Salford job

FORMER Wigan crowd-pleaser Adrian Lam is thought to be in the running to take charge at Salford, writes Phil Wilkinson.

Reds are hunting for a coach for 2012 for their historic first season in their new stadium after coach Shaun McRae – currently on sick leave – confirmed he will be leaving.

Ex-Warriors boss Ian Millward, now at Championship side Leigh, has already been linked with the post.

But Lam could come into the frame after climbing through the coaching ranks in the NRL.

Lam spent four hugely successful years at Wigan as a player from 2001 in which he helped them to Challenge Cup glory and was voted Super League’s Players’ Player of the Year.

He started his coaching career in 2005, working with current Warriors No.2 Shaun Wane with the young-guns, before returning to Australia with Cronulla Sharks.

The former Queensland skipper later moved to his old club Sydney Roosters as an assistant coach before taking a similar position at premiers St George-Illawarra.

He was interested in the Wigan job before Michael Maguire’s appointment in 2010 and while he would surely be a contender to take over if Wane does not get appointed to the Warriors position next season, he looks set to throw his hat into the ring to return to the English competition with Salford.

l FORMER Wigan coach Graham Lowe has quit as chief executive of NRL side Manly for health reasons.

The 64-year-old was in charge at Central Park in the late-80s and enjoyed huge success, before turning to administration later in his career.