'Financial decision' Adrian Lam responds to John Asiata's Hull FC call

New Hull FC signing John Asiata is a current Super League 'Dream Team' player.
New Hull FC signing John Asiata is a current Super League 'Dream Team' player. -Credit:SW Pix

Adrian Lam believes John Asiata's decision to sign for Hull FC is a financial one but insists there are no 'harsh feelings' between the Leigh Leopards club and their current captain.

Hull Live reported on Friday afternoon that Asiata has signed a three-year deal with the Black and Whites from the 2025 season, who are understood to have agreed a marquee salary of over £200,000 for the player.

The signing was confirmed by the club soon after, with Lam, who is also out of contract at the end of the season, commenting on Asiata's move after Saturday's 28-28 draw with Castleford Tigers.

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"I love John, the club loves him, the fans love him, he loves the club, he loves everything about this place," Lam said. "What he’s given to this club in his time here has been nothing but sensational.

"I think the decision he’s made is a financial decision based around what’s best for him and his family moving forward, and we pat him on the back. We don’t dwell on it; it is what it is. He’s our captain and we’re going to lose him, but that could make us better as well.

"John’s a big part of this club and what he brought to us last year by being the captain that lifted the Challenge Cup, we’ll remember forever. There’s no harsh feelings there whatsoever towards him."

Leigh owner Derek Beaumont revealed recent injuries to Asiata were a reason for the club not matching Hull's offer of a three-year deal, with the Leythers originally tabling a one-year offer before increasing to two. They were unprepared to go to three years, with Asiata, now 31 and a reigning Super League Dream Team player after winning the Challenge Cup with Leigh last season, set for four to six weeks out with a hamstring issue.

"John’s pulled out of the game because he’s had a strain to his hamstring," Lam added. "He’ll be out for four to six weeks with that, so that’s not ideal for us. He’ll rehab here, get ready and when he’s ready to come back, he’ll come back and captain the team."

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