Ian Watson has confirmed new Huddersfield signing Jake Connor is set for a sustained spell out injured.
Connor re-signed for the Giants last week on a three-year deal in one of the biggest transfers of the Super League off-season so far.
The maverick playmaker came through the academy at the John Smith’s Stadium, before joining Hull FC in 2017.
After an impressive stint for the Airlie Birds, which included a Challenge Cup title in his first season, Connor is now back where it started, this time with a much bigger reputation and hopes of helping Huddersfield win silverware.
However he may have to wait for his chance to make his second debut for the Giants, with head coach Watson confirming his new star player has arrived with an injury that will take months to heal.
“He’s had a PCL (posterior cruciate ligament) which he injured in last game of the season for Hull FC,” Watson told Giants TV. “He’s also had a microfracture, but he’s had that operated on.
Despite the concerns and the risk of a delay in his recovery, Watson is confident Connor will be available for the first round of the 2023 Super League season.
“We have spoken to a few football physios over here as well and they are saying between four and six months if everything goes perfect, he should be fit for the start of the season so we’ll see where we get to from there.
“It’s all on the individual player and how they recover, whether they do the right things or not.
“It’s a longer term vision as well and it’s about next year, 2023, which he will play a huge part in, but 2024 as well, and going forward for Huddersfield beyond that.”