Hull FC snap up Giants youngster Jake Connor

Hull FC have completed the signing of Huddersfield’s Jake Connor on a two-year deal.
The 21-year-old utility back has become Lee Radford’s second  recruit for 2017, following Salford’s Josh Griffin to the KCOM Stadium next year.

Connor has predominantly been used as a centre by the Giants, however he has also been utilised at stand-off and full-back, while he played, and scored on the wing during Huddersfield’s victory over Salford on Friday.

He was out of contract at the John Smith’s Stadium at the end of the season, where he made his debut at the age of 18, going on to make 40 appearances for the club so far.

“Jake is a very talented, young English player that I’m really excited about joining us next season,” said Radford.

“Having spoken to him I know he is really looking forward to lining up with one or two of his new team mates and helping us continue our development as a club moving forward.

“He is comfortable in the outside backs and gives us some quality options as cover in the halves and at full back.

“It shows he is prepared to challenge himself by stepping out of his comfort zone from a club where he has come through their youth system and familiar with and a club who were very keen for him to stay.”

It is understood that Radford envisages Connor’s future in the team to be at stand-off, which facilitate a move for Carlos Tuimavave into centre.

“He’ll move into a new environment having to fight every week to hold a spot in our seventeen man squad and he is relishing that challenge from next season,” Radford commented.

“I have no doubt whatsoever that he has the skill set and physical capabilities to achieve anything he wants within our side and push his career to the next level.

“I’m looking forward to seeing him display that drive and hunger that is also needed for this to come to fruition.”