Kelly not ruling out Connor u-turn

Huddersfield’s interim head coach Andy Kelly has admitted that the club would be open to Jake Connor staying at the club if he decides against a move to Hull FC.

Reports emerged on Tuesday that Connor had decided against joining the Super League leaders, despite agreeing to join the club last month.

Connor’s contract is not thought to be legally bound at the minute. Hull claim that he is yet to officially sign a contract with the club, but have instead negotiated a pre-agreement deal which Connor would then sign at the end of the season when he is 22, avoiding the need to pay a transfer fee to the Giants.

However, if that is the case then Connor could still extend his stay at the Giants, where he is out of contract at the end of the season.

Following Connor’s man of the match display in Huddersfield’s victory over Hull last week, Kelly said it was disappointing that the club “might” lose Connor at the end of the year, and following reports of a change of heart, Kelly admitted that he would like to see the youngster commit to the club.

“I guess if the club could sign him and that was available we would welcome it,” Kelly told TotalRL.

“We always wanted to re-sign him. I’ve not had chance to speak to Jake but I’m sure that if he were available the club would still want to re-sign him. If it is the case, the club would welcome it.”