Leigh have appointed former Wigan boss Adrian Lam as their new head coach.
The 51-year-old has spent the last three seasons as Wigan head coach, but left the Warriors at the end of last season.
Lam is the current assistant coach to Mal Meninga for Australia and was voted Super League’s Coach of the Year in 2020, the year he guided Wigan to the Super League Grand Final.
Leigh head of rugby Chris Chester said: “Adrian’s signing is a real signal of intent by the club. He’s an ex-Super League Coach of the Year and the current Australia assistant coach. He was a fantastic international player and he’s coached at the highest level, both here and overseas.
“Now Adrian has been appointed we can sit down and assess the current playing squad and look at areas where we need to strengthen, so that when the season starts at the end of January, we can hit the ground running.
“I’ve known Adrian since we played at Wigan, and we have kept in touch ever since. He has always been very supportive of me in my coaching career and regularly sent me texts and rang me up, and I supported him as best I could in return.
“Adrian’s signing is massive for the club and a real coup for us.”
Adrian Lam delighted to be appointed Leigh boss
He said: “I am really looking forward to the challenge and am excited to be involved. The target is for us to get promoted back into Super League.
“It’s a different level for me but I have the same expectations as I would have with a Super League club in that I want the club to do well. Leigh Centurions is a proud club. I am looking forward to being part of its history. I am also looking forward to learning all about the town and meeting everyone.”