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Hardaker backed by Warriors boss

22nd November 2018, 01:17 by Michael Holland

Wigan coach Adrian Lam says Zak Hardaker has the club's support and they are there to help as he prepares to return to training.

Many have suggested the controversial full-back is in the last chance saloon after being charged with drink driving earlier this year, just days after beginning training with the Warriors.

Hardaker is currently in a Sporting Chance rehabilitation clinic but is due to return to training next month, and Lam says the club are right behind him.

“As coach of Wigan Warriors, I believe that better people make better players,” Lam explained. “It’s our responsibility to help him get through what he has to get through, and make him achieve what he needs to do in life as a priority, rather than a rugby league player.

“We’ve got to get through that process with him and he knows we’re here supporting that.”

When asked if this was Hardaker’s last chance Lam added: “We all have our own issues in life, and he’s aware he was behind this.

“He understood his position and his situation, and it will be ongoing this work – it just doesn’t get fixed overnight. But we’re here for him and he knows that, it’s important for him that Wigan are supporting him through this period.

“Whether it’s his last chance or not, his priority for us is that he gets it right with life.”

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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