Coach Lam to leave Wigan at season's end

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Wigan are searching for a new head coach after Adrian Lam announced he will be leaving the UK Super League club at season's end.

England coach Shaun Wane had been linked to the Warriors gig but is expected to take up a football director role at the club next year.

The 51-year-old Lam - a former PNG, Queensland, Sydney Roosters and Wigan playmaker - will leave the club after three seasons at the helm.

He initially joined in 2019 as interim Wigan coach but remained after Shaun Edwards opted not to take over the reins.

Lam guided Wigan to the 2020 grand final - which St Helens won 8-4 - after collecting the League Leaders' Shield as minor premiers, earning him Coach of the Year honours.

But they have endured a difficult 2021, sitting in fourth spot after snapping a three game losing run with last round's 22-0 win at Castleford.

"This is my second time at this great club, my first being as a player then academy coach and this time as head coach," Lam said.

"I have loved every moment along this journey and will hold close to my heart some wonderful moments and memories.

"I feel it's the right time to pursue other opportunities and will leave at the end of this current 2021 season."

Wigan chairman Ian Lenagan said they were in no rush to name Lam's replacement and would make an announcement "in due course".

Meanwhile, NRL premiership-winning forward Zane Tetevano will start a three match ban for a high tackle when Leeds take on Hull in their UK Super League Magic Weekend clash on Saturday.

Tetevano - who was part of the Sydney Roosters' 2018 title winning team - has been sidelined again in what is his first Super League season since leaving the NRL where he also played for Penrith and Newcastle.

In April he copped a four match suspension for a late tackle in a Challenge Cup clash.

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