One of the biggest pieces of transfer business in the Super League off-season took place this afternoon as Hull FC announced the release of Jake Connor, allowing him to rejoin the Huddersfield Giants.
Connor joined the Airlie Birds from the Giants in 2017 where he became a fan’s favourite, helping the club win the 2017 Challenge Cup.
He also earned England and Great Britain honours during his time with the black and whites, but an indifferent season in 2022 saw Connor miss out on a World Cup spot.
Following the announcement of Tony Smith as head coach from 2023, speculations has been rife about Connor’s future and rumours were confirmed today with his return to the Giants revealed.
The news is likely to receive a mixed reaction from Hull FC supporters, however the club revealed in their statement announcing the news the reason for Connor’s departure along with plans to bring in a replacement.
Explaining the decision, the statement on hullfc.com reads: “Hull FC has agreed to release Jake Connor from his contract to return to Huddersfield Giants, enabling him to be closer to his home and young family.
“The 27-year-old, who lives in West Yorkshire, will leave the club with immediate effect after closed season surgery is completed.
“Connor has given notable service to Hull FC over the last six years having signed from the Giants in 2017, including earning a Challenge Cup winners medal in that year.
“However, the club believes it is in everyone’s best interests to progress in a fresh direction for 2023.
“Everyone at Hull FC would like to place on record our thanks to Jake for his performances on the field over the last six seasons and wish him and his family well for the future.
“The club intends to announce a new addition to the squad soon, as plans for the new season continue to evolve.”