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Lachlan Lam set to sign deal with Leigh Centurions

The rugby world has been intrigued this season as Lachlan Lam caught the attention of professional rugby league club Leigh Centurions. The world-renowned club is set to sign the 24-year-old Roosters junior player.

Lachlan Lam has been a player for the Sydney Roosters – an Australian professional rugby league football team – since he was 13 years old. Lam was selected to represent the Queensland under-16s team in 2014, a year after the “father-son rule” was introduced, becoming the first player to use the rule. Lam has also represented the Papua New Guinea squad through the 2017 World Cup, so it’s no surprise that he is a rugby league betting favourite.

At the young age of 24, the international halfback has already earned a name for himself, from being first choice five-eighth for the Roosters in 2017 to scoring a hat-trick for the North Sydney Bears in 2019 against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, winning the game 42-0! Lam has made rugby news on several occasions the past couple of years, with his scoreboard backing up his work ethic and attitude towards the sport. He made his NRL debut in 2019 to further save the Sydney Roosters from elimination in the 2021 NRL season.

As of 21 July, 2022, joins his father, Adrian Lam, at Leigh Centurions club in Leigh, Greater Manchester, UK, until the end of the 2023 season. With his track record and the victories under his belt, it’s no surprise that a huge club such as Leigh want a successful player like Lam, who can grow with the club over the years, on their side. Although his contract is due to end in 2023, there’s nothing to say the rugby star couldn’t bag an extension with the team – especially with his dad being the coach.

Adrian Lam is known for his coaching skills as a Papua New Guinea professional league coach, taking on the title as Head Coach for Leigh Centurions on November 17, 2021. Lam has somewhat followed in his father’s footsteps, since Adrian Lam also has an excellent history as a rugby champion, from playing for Papa New Guinea from 1994 to 2000 to representing Queensland from 1995 to 2000. As you can see, the talent runs in the family, and the father-son duo are now set to take Leigh on to the next level from a player and coach standpoint.

Many rugby fans are over the moon with the news that Lam will join the UK squad, as they hope his scoresheet will shine through in the new season, bringing more points and championships for the team. As an OG Roosters first grade player, there’s no denying that Lam has the natural talent to compete in the new league alongside his team mates, including Nene Macdonald, who also shares a similar scoresheet.

Head of rugby, Chris Chester, is among the crowd of happy bystander as he states: “It is a fantastic signing for the club. It’s another signing that shows our intent. We are recruiting top quality NRL players, and they are coming over here to make a difference. Lachlan will make a big difference to our squad for the rest of the year and for 2023. He fits perfectly into our recruitment policy, and we can build a club around players like Lachlan.”

The recognition of hard work and investments made by club owner, Derek Beaumount, is constantly highlighted by high-up rugby members, as it is apparent that signing NRL stars such as Lachlan Lam wouldn’t be possible without Beaumount or the potential he sees in the club, the championship or the players he is recruiting and signing. Chester also rings the Beaumount bell, by saying: “It is fantastic for the town and the game that Derek is willing to back the club in the way that he does. It is amazing the support he has given the club over the years, and we look forward to rewarding him and his family for his ongoing commitment.”

With all the buzz surrounding the team, the players are excited to welcome the newcomers and are set to pursue record victories next season, ultimately giving the fans and the league themselves something to talk about and get prepared for. Being born in Sydney but raised in Wigan from an early age, Lam must be used to the UK weather! We congratulate him on the news and wish him all the best in the next step in his professional career.

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