Connor Wynne has ended any speculation of a move away from Hull FC with the signing of a new deal.
The 21-year-old has agreed an initial one-year contract extension with the Black & Whites, with the club holding the option to extend the deal by a further 12 months until at least the end of the 2024 Betfred Super League campaign.
The youngster has made eight appearances so far in 2022, scoring hat-tricks in wins against Sheffield Eagles in March and Toulouse Olympique in April.
Arguably one of the most exciting youngsters in the competition due to his electric pace and strength, Wynne also offers useful versatility to the Hull side with the ability to play centre, wing, and full back.
Speaking to hullfc.com, Wynne said: “It was an incredibly easy decision for me to extend my contract here – I’m Hull born and this is my boyhood club having come through the academy system, so I’m looking forward to seeing how my career develops over the next few years.
“I’m really enjoying my rugby now and think I’ve progressed well this year – my aim now is to nail down a spot in the team every week and kick on even more.
“The hard work doesn’t stop now just because I’ve signed a contract – I want to keep building myself as a player here and hopefully sign a few more contracts in the years to come!
“Brett has shown some real faith in me and I think that’s really helped me develop my game, but I’m working hard both on and off the field with plenty of things to put myself in the best possible position to fulfil my potential and feature regularly for the team, and I think it’s paying off.
“Carlos and Griff have really taken me under their wing to help me work on areas of my game too, and they’ve played a big part in my progression. They’re both leaders in the camp and know how to get the best out of me when I’m training alongside them.”
Wynne is a former Skirlaugh and East Hull player, who also now coaches Hull Dockers juniors, and is one of a core of homegrown players that are making notable progress under Brett Hodgson in 2022.
His recent good form has been complimented by notable contributions from the likes of Jack Brown, Jordan Lane and Ben McNamara, whilst recent debutante Denive Balmforth was the latest academy player to wear the Black & White jersey for the first time.
Head coach Brett Hodgson, added: “Connor is someone who has a great deal of talent – he’s really worked on his professionalism this season and you can see what he can do on the field with his most recent performance against Toulouse.
“He’s got some pure speed which is something as a club we’re really keen to build on.
“We don’t want to put too much pressure on him, we want him to continue on the path that he is on currently, but there are things he can do on the field that lots of other players can’t, and we’ve seen that in his game.
“He still has a long way to go, and we’re excited for him to keep working towards his potential.
“He loves the club and playing for that jersey and the badge means something to him, which is really important – that’s what we’re trying to instil in all the players coming through the ranks, and he optimises that.
“We’re investing in a pathway here and Connor is a good example of what we’re trying to produce. Since the day I got here, I said I wanted to invest in those young local players and help them earn the right to play in that jersey.”