Jake Connor, love him or loathe him, is one of Super League’s most talented players.
After registering almost 30 try assists already in 2022 – even despite serious injury ruling him out for the previous month – NRL interest has come in thick and fast for the maverick fullback.
With Connor out with injury, Brett Hodgson wasted no time in bringing in Leeds Rhinos star Jack Walker and so it will be an interesting dilemma for Hodgson to have now moving forward with Connor returning this weekend.
However, it remains to be seen which position Connor will play in – will he continue at fullback and push Walker out of the side or fill in at halfback or even in the centres?
It’s a major dilemma for Hodgson and Hull’s season could rely on whichever outcome he chooses.
With the announcement of his return, however, Hull FC took advantage of the current Love Island dominance permeating the rugby league airwaves recently following the exit of ex-Castleford Tigers man Jacques O’Neill from the villa last week.
The Black and Whites captioned Connor’s promo video with: “Not the latest Love Island bombshell, but Jake’s back in the squad this week…”
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On Connor’s future, Hodgson has previously revealed that NRL sides were interested in bringing Connor to Australia.
“Yes I am aware (that NRL clubs are interested in Connor) and I’m not surprised – he’s a talent,” Hodgson told the Yorkshire Post.
“But there’s nothing concrete in that at this stage. Should that change then we’ll have a chat about that.
“It’s speculation more than anything at the moment. If or when that comes, we’ll discuss what the options are.”
Having been cut adrift from Shaun Wane’s England squad in 2023, Connor has been doing everything right to get his name back into the former Wigan boss’ thinking although a major injury has stopped that currently.
And, he has been backed by former Leeds Rhinos and Warrington Wolves fullback Richie Mathers for a big move to the NRL.
After being asked whether or not Connor would make it in the NRL, Mathers tweeted: “Yes mate I’d say so bro, he’s special. In an NRL system, with an NRL pre-season in him, he’d kill it.”
Yes mate I’d say so bro, he’s special. In an NRL system, with a NRL pre season in him, he’d kill it. In my opinion my rose
— Richard Mathers (@RichardMathers) May 24, 2022
With Canberra Raiders thought to be one of a number of NRL clubs chasing his signature, the opportunities seemed endless for Connor.
However, it seems as though the fullback is now set to stay at the MKM Stadium for 2023 after Canberra’s interest has gone cold, the Canberra Times has reported.