Radford weighs in on Connor debate

Hull FC head coach Lee Radford says he is not concerned by the ongoing speculation surrounding Jake Connor.

The 21-year-old’s transfer has been clouded by controversy since its announcement, with Huddersfield managing director Richard Thewlis claiming his club would be owed a ‘six-figure’ transfer fee as Connor was still 21.

While Hull strongly denied those claims, the latest twist in the ongoing saga came earlier this week when reports surfaced that Connor had performed a u-turn and decided to stay at the John Smith’s Stadium.

After Huddersfield’s interim head coach Andy Kelly claimed the club would still be interested in re-signing Connor earlier this week, Hull again responded with a statement claiming Connor had signed a deal before the RFL told TotalRL yesterday that Hull had registered Connor for 2017.

Speaking at his press conference today, Radford admitted that he wasn’t fazed by the speculation.

“What we’ve said is where we’re at. We’ve registered a deal with the RFL and he’s officially a Hull FC player for ’17 and that is it.

“If it gets repetitive, which I’m sure it’s going to, then it becomes a frustration, but that is the line on it and that’s where we’re at.

“There’s a lot more to worry about in life. It doesn’t concern me one iota.”

Radford is also confident that the youngster will be able to deal with the constant talk.

“There’s some obstacles to come through in life and there are worse places to be in life.”