Recovery leads Lam to Cyprus

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Adrian Lam is recovering more quickly than expected from major surgery and is going on Wigan's warm-weather training camp in Cyprus. The Papua New Guinean captain and scrum-half was predicted to miss most of next season after a knee reconstruction, but it is now thought that he could be back as early as April.

Due to that rapid progress, Wigan have included him in their pre-season preparations, but he will not be offered a new, one-year contract until he is passed fit to play.

"Adrian has already started running in a straight line after his rehabilitation, which is exceptional progress following this type of operation," said his coach, Mike Gregory. "He won't be able to complete all the disciplines, but he will benefit and it will be good to have him on board."

Salford expect to complete the signing of the New Zealand Warriors' centre, John Carlaw, next week. Recruiting an experienced three-quarter makes it less likely that the club will try to bring back their former player, Nathan McAvoy, when his contract at Saracens expires in May.

The London Broncos could strengthen before the start of the season following the loss of two players from their prospective squad. The decision of Bill Peden to take up a coaching position at his old club, the Newcastle Knights, comes after Troy Wozniak opted to join Widnes instead, leaving the Broncos looking stretched in the pack.

St Helens' new Samoan signings, Maurie Fa'asavalu and Dom Feaunati, will make their first appearances for their new club in a friendly at Barrow tomorrow, along with another new signing, Ricky Bibey, and two players promoted from Saints' Academy side, Ian Hardman and James Graham. Feaunati will partner the former Barrow player, Ade Gardner, in the centres.

Michael Eagar and Richard Swain have been named to make their debuts for Hull against Hull KR. Kirk Yeaman will start a game in the second row for the first time for Hull.