Adrian Lam still experiencing flashbacks months after Grand Final defeat by Saints
Wigan coach Adrian Lam says he is still having flashbacks from his club’s dramatic Grand Final defeat but believes his team can benefit from the heartbreaking experience.
November’s match was heading for extra time with the scores locked at 4-4 when St Helens centre Jack Welsby speculatively chased the ball after Tom Makinson’s drop-goal attempt and pounced for a freak, match-winning try after it rebounded off an upright.
Lam was visibly shell-shocked at the final whistle and relived the experience at the club’s pre-season media day.
“It’s gone as a vision but not as a memory,” he said. “I still have some flashbacks at times and I think that will happen for the rest of my life.
“But, in regard to moving on, I did that pretty quickly, you’ve got to in sport, it’s difficult to hold on to that emotional baggage.
“The boys have been training great. As a team, with a lot of the young ones in here, they’ve grown physically and hopefully done a lot of maturing from that end-of-season game.”
Wigan have lost Sean O’Loughlin, Joe Burgess and Joe Greenwood from their Grand Final team as well as a host of fringe players but John Bateman has returned and the club have recruited Australian utility back Jai Field.
“There’s around nine or 10 players that have gone from last year’s squad,” Lam said.
“We’ve brought in two quality players and I suppose we’re banking on the young ones being another year more mature and a few senior heads to help steer that group.
“I’m really confident we’re in a good place from the experiences of last November.”