We are delighted to report that scrum-half Adam Lanigan has signed up with his home club for the 2020-21 season.
Adam had an unheralded introduction to National League rugby when new no 9 Cameron Crampton was injured very early in the 2018-19 season and Adam stepped up from the Hawks to fill the breach. He made his 1st XV debut at Leicester Lions on 22nd September 2018 and retained his position until Crampton returned to fitness in December. He looked comfortable at National League level and showed a good mixture of game intelligence, adroitness, physicality and support running.
Adam comes from quality rugby stock as his father Graham was a former Fylde 1st XV regular. Adam progressed through the Club’s Mini-Junior section, the Colts and AKS. He then went to Leeds Beckett University to study Sports & Exercise Science and continued his rugby development in the University’s various teams. Good friend Tom Forster, AKS schoolmate and another talented rugby player now in the Fylde 1st XV squad, was on the same course.
Adam was in the 1st XV squad for the Centenary season and it was a case of déjà vu as Cameron suffered a bad knee injury in the preseason game at the Woodlands against Sandbach. Once again Adam was thrust into National League action, this time in the first game of the season at Scunthorpe. He retained the no 9 shirt for the whole season, scoring two tries in the process, and was an ever present in the Club’s 25 games before the abandonment of the season in March.
Warren Spragg said: “Adam improved massively last season and became a really important part of the team. He is well liked by all the lads, who are always supportive by reminding him to keep practising his passing. The competition with new arrival of Matt Sturgess this year will push him to keep getting better, which is a great thing for the club.
Adam Lanigan said: “I’m excited to be re-signing again for next season. There’s a good atmosphere around the Club, and a great set of lads. Last year we were unlucky not to get a crack at the playoff but that was out of our control. Hopefully we can go one better in 2020-21.”
Adam with his mother, father and proud grandmother!