Everything Adrian Lam said on Hull FC reports and Leigh Leopards future

Adrian Lam insists he is in no rush to make a decision on his future amid ongoing reports linking him with the Hull FC job. The Leigh Leopards head coach is understood to have had dialogue with the Black and Whites about their vacant position, with his contract at Leigh Sports Village up at the end of the season.

Lam is not thought to have been formally offered the role at the MKM Stadium at this point, though it is known that he has had conversations with the club's hierarchy in the past week. Hull FC are on the lookout for a coach following the departure of Tony Smith, and their top target, Paul Rowley, turned down the role last month.

Lam insisted that there was no update to provide on his future, but did imply that it was only natural for conversations to be had with prospective employers with his current contract coming to an end.

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"I think the same as what I talked about the other day," Lam said. "I was linked with the Souths job last week, Hull this week and probably somewhere else next week. My conversations have always been just about the focus being on this team and club because we're not comfortable with where we sit on the ladder, and I don't want to get too caught up with negotiating or talking to other clubs that may be of interest. Obviously, I'm off contract at the end of the year, that's been highly spoken about, and that's why these links keep coming up."

"It's the same thing. I'm forever having conversations with Derek and the club about my situation as coach. Nothing has changed from a week ago, and nothing will probably change in a week or a month. It might take three months; I'm not too sure. I try to push those things aside and focus on this team because we need to start winning. We're in a difficult position on the table, and my focus is on changing that."

Asked about the appeal of coaching Hull FC next year, Lad added: "I haven't had any thoughts down those lines, though as a professional in any business or way of life, if you are out of contract, you have to talk and speak where the opportunities are; that's just common sense.

"But like I said, what we have done here as a group since my arrival in 2022 has been an amazing journey so far and I've had some of the best times of my life here. When you think about what we've achieved here in Championship and the Challenge Cup last year, I've had some really good times here. So it's a position I'm grateful to be in. I'm not looking outside of this circle at the moment; my focus is on the week-to-week coaching."

The former Wigan Warriors head coach pointed out that it's not unusual for him to leave contracts to a later date than normal, adding that he has never been one to seek long-term security.

"A lot of the contracts I've negotiated in the past have been a one-year deal," he said. "So not too much has changed with me and the position I'm in, some of the contracts I've signed haven't been until the end of the season. By doing that, it puts you in a position to be able to negotiate and discuss your future and that keeps things alive because I know I need to coach at my best to get a new contract, but it puts you in the window as a professional for other opportunities there"

He added: "I'm relaxed about the whole situation. I'm in no rush. Any smart person would have dived in straight after the Challenge Cup win and signed a five-year deal; I didn't do that. So if you put that in perspective with everything else that's no different to the current situation I'm in now, just probably the other way round. It's a week-to-week basis, we need to focus on starting to win games and go from there, things will progress."