Lam plays it cool on new signings

Wigan are being strongly linked with London Broncos’ Lebanon international winger Abbas Miski, but coach Adrian Lam is playing it cool on talk of signing exciting NRL prop Renouf Atoni.

The Warriors have also been linked in Australia with Kaide Ellis of St George Illawarrra Dragons and Patrick Mago of South Sydney Rabbitohs, with some reports suggesting that both players have signed three-year contracts at the DW Stadium.

Miski, 25, was a high-profile London signing from Manly Sea Eagles ahead of this season, and with 13 tries, is the Championship’s third top scorer behind Featherstone’s Gareth Gale and Craig Hall, who have 20 and 14 respectively in the league.

Atoni, 26, who is New Zealand-born of Samoan descent and a former Junior Kiwi international, has been catching the eye for Canterbury Bulldogs, where he is out of contract this year.

He made his debut in 2018, and has played 41 times in all, including twelve times this season.

“At this stage, we have had no offers to him,” said Lam.

“It always happens at this time of year as rumours surface of players coming and going.

“But I’m sure we are communicating with as many people as we can to help out and prepare for the rest of this year and next year.”

Wigan are preparing for Friday’s home clash with Wakefield on the back of successive Super League wins over Huddersfield.

After a 16-12 home success, they were 14-12 winners at the John Smith’s Stadium on Friday thanks to tries by Mitch Clark and Liam Ferrell and three Harry Smith goals.

“It was a really tough game, but I’m just pleased that with five teenagers in the team, we came away with the win,” said Lam.

“I’m really pleased with the resilience that they showed. It’s one of the better wins I’ve had as a coach.”

Lam, who recalled hooker Amir Bourouh from his loan at Halifax for the game, is monitoring backrower Joe Shorrocks, who picked up a knee injury, and prop Liam Byrne, who missed out due to a rib problem.

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