LEAGUE: Regardless of where Lachlan Lam is in Australia there will be no place as special to him as Bundaberg.
Later this month, Lam will represent Papua New Guinea at the Rugby League World Cup in the biggest tournament of his career.
The Sydney Roosters five- eighth in the NRL under-20 competition is the son of former Papua New Guinea captain and Queensland Maroon Adrian Lam.
Lam's connection to Bundy comes from his mother, who was born and raised in the region and has an impressive sporting pedigree of her own representing the state in netball.
"I've got a couple of aunties and grandparents still in Bundaberg,” Lam said. "But it would have been one or two years since I've visited the place.”
When Lam comes back he loves every minute of it.
"It's very special to me.
"It's very different, laid back and I love going back to slow down,” he said.
"It's a different culture as well, which is what I enjoy.”
Lam's focus and base now is in New South Wales, trying to forge a career at the same club as his father, who won the NRL title with them in 2000.
The 19-year-old played his second season in the U20 competition, playing in 22 games as the side fell just short of the finals.
He scored 12 tries but was disappointed not to play when it counted in September.
"I was in and out of the squad last year and missed the grand final,” Lam said.
"We won seven out of our last nine games this year, which scored us 28 points and would have been good enough for finals in other years.
"The problem was, the cut-off was 32, so we weren't good enough.”
Lam is now hoping to turn the disappointment into an opportunity with the Kumuls.
The five-eighth is embracing being a part of the squad made famous by his father.
"I never expected it to be honest,” he said.
"I put myself up for selection and found out I was in contention about a month ago.
"I'm just happy to be here.”
Lam has the goal to play as well.
"It would be a massive experience to put on the jersey,” he said.
"The team goal for us is to get Papua New Guinea progressing further than they have ever been at a World Cup.”
Lam and the team will start their campaign on October 28 against Wales in Port Moresby.
The side will hold trial matches against Fiji and Australia on October 14.