Hull FC will be without Jake Connor for tonight’s clash against Wakefield Trinity, live on Sky Sports.
It will be interesting to see what direction head coach Brett Hodgson will go in. Will Will Smith be at fullback and youngster Ben McNamara in the halves?
That seems the most likely outcome with Smith impressing since making the mid-season move after leaving the Gold Coast Ttitans.
McNamara, meanwhile, has been absent for a number of months yet could be given a chance to slot back in straightaway.
Joe Lovodua is also on hand and he has played in the halves on a number of occasions in 2022, though his best position is perhaps at loose-forward.
Luke Gale will obviously be one of the halves in the partnership, but there will also be no Jack Walker to take that number one spot.
Connor has been playing in the centres in recent weeks, though he has been wandering infield in a sort of ‘roaming’ role to chime into the attacking line alongside Walker.
That worked in the away victory over Toulouse Olympique, but that idea collapsed against reigning champions St Helens even if Hull did stretch out into a 6-0 lead.
Connor is an undeniable talent and he will be speaking live on Sky Sports tonight discussing his character and what makes him tick, but the Black and Whites appear a much more balanced side without him.
Despite the maverick leading the try assist charts with 30, Connor has sometimes been criticised for his defensive manner with Walker preferred in that number one spot due to his superiority in that department.
That being said, neither Walker nor Connor will take to the field against Wakefield tonight, but if Hodgson strikes upon a winning combination in tonight’s game, it will leave more questions than answers on how to solve the Connor question.