CURRENT Telikom PNG Kumuls coach Adrian Lam has been appointed as the assistant coach for the St George Illawarra Dragons starting next year, as a deputy to current coach and former Brisbane Broncos mentor and highly regarded rugby league coach Wayne Bennett.
The appointment is seen as a major endorsement for the Kumul coaches career.
In an interview on Tuesday night with Lam at the welcome function for the visiting teams from Fiji, Tonga and Cook Islands, the former Queenslands Maroons and PNG Kumuls halfback revealed that he was called by Wayne Bennet last Friday to be his deputy.
Lam who played eight seasons with the Sydney Roosters (1994-2000) before becoming their assistant coach said he was proud to be appointed as assistant coach to one of the top clubs in NRL.
The St George Illawara Dragons were the minor premiers in this year’s National Rugby League competition and now with his inclusion it promises to be a great experience for Lam in one of the NRL’s best teams.
To spice up another successful coaching career in the toughest league competition in the world, Lam will be also the head coach for the Dragons’ U20 Toyota Cup side.
The Kumul coach and former star halfback and captain is at the helm of another campaign for PNG in the hopes of taking the national team to the Four Nations rugby league tournament next year in Australia playing hosts Australia, New Zealand Kiwis and England.
He said it was now a very crucial time for the Kumuls to play well and qualify for the next stage and all the players were focused to make the country proud.
Lam also made an appeal during their preparation beginning this week to all Papua New Guineans to be in national colours to support the Kumuls on Sunday as they take on a powerful Tongan side.
led by Paramatta’s Feletio Mateo.