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3 clubs who could look to sign Huddersfield Giants star Jake Connor on loan

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Jake Connor is one of Super League’s great enigmas. On his day he is capable of ripping sides apart, with his mercurial talents. However, for a player of his natural ability, those days seem to come too few and far between to be a regular feature in Super League‘s top sides. Now he looks set to leave the Huddersfield Giants.

Now, speaking in his weekly press conference, Huddersfield boss, Ian Watson, has stated that he is willing to sanction Connor’s departure from the club on a short-term basis.

Connor has fallen out of favour with Watson in recent weeks and has found opportunities in the first team limited. Although the deal is likely to be targeted at regaining match fitness initially, it is not unfeasible that Connor may be seeking a more permanent home if Watson no longer sees a place in Huddersfield’s side him.

With that in mind, we look at three potential destinations for Jake Connor for both the short, and potentially longer, term.

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Castleford Tigers

Castleford Tigers

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Castleford Tigers are currently two spots behind Huddersfield Giants in the Super League table. They are five points behind the Giants with just three wins from their opening 13 games.

In their most recent game against the Leeds Rhinos, the Tigers came up short against a side who they should be looking to compete with if they have aspirations of breaking clear of the relegation zone, into the Super League’s middle group of teams.

Key Tigers half-back, Jacob Miller, is struggling with persistent injuries and has missed a number of games recently. This has left the Tigers short of options, and short of inspiration in the final third.

Connor could be the perfect antidote to their shortcomings on a short-term basis. Connor’s versatility means he can cover most of the back line, and on his day, he is capable of breaking down any defence in Super League.

Craig Lingard admitted earlier that finances may prevent the Tigers from launching a bid. However, if they are able to find the money behind the sofa to make the deal work, Connor could be the solution to their attacking woes.

London Broncos

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London Broncos expected little from their return to Super League and, arguably, their one win of the season over Hull FC is more than they had hoped to achieve coming into the season. With their immediate return to the Championship reported before the first whistle of the season had been blown, London elected to retain faith in the side that got them promoted in the first place.

However, throughout the season, they have chosen to reinforce their side with strategic additions from other Super League clubs and Connor could do a job for the Broncos on a short term basis. He would certainly add experience and star quality to a determined but limited squad.

There are two obvious obstacles to the move – budget and geography. It seems unlikely that Connor would be within London’s budget, as his will be on a big salary at the Giants. Even for a fortnight, he would surely be out of London’s reach financially.

Secondly, Connor may be unwilling to swap Yorkshire for the capital, even on a short-term basis.

Hull FC

Richie Myler

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When the Britpop troubadours Embrace recorded their debut album in Huddersfield, it includes the single Come Back to What You Know. At the time the album was referred to as the next Definitely Maybe, but failed to live up to the hype, making the comparison even more apposite.

Although the song deals with the subject of heartbreak, it could equally apply to Jake Connor who, having left the Giants for Hull FC, returned home to Huddersfield in 2023. Could a move back to FC be on the cards?

Hull desperately need something to lift them from their current funk. The club have registered just one win in Super League this season and have lacked any recognisable cutting edge in attack.

The return of Jake Trueman should help the Black and Whites, but it is a big ask for him to single handedly turn their season around. The club also believed that has signed Treigh Stewart to bolster their creative options, until the deal was pulled this week.

Could on old friend come back to help them? Connor would certainly add a spark to their attack and is able to fill multiple gaps in a porous back line. On a short term deal, there is relatively little risk for both parties. Having been at the club previously would help ease his transition.

To use an old cliche, Connor knows the club. He still has the talent to lift FC. He could provide a useful short term boost to a side in desperate need of X-factor.

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