One of Super League’s most talented players, Jake Connor, has been hogging the limelight recently.
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.
Hull FC head coach Brett 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 left out of 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 stopped that for six weeks.
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.
It will be an interesting dilemma for Hodgson to have now moving forward for the rest of the season with Leeds Rhinos loanee Jack Walker playing well in the fullback position.
And, with Connor returning in the halves last week, it wasn’t exactly the best baptism of fire as the Black and Whites went down 46-18 to Castleford Tigers.
Since then, there has been a debate about where Connor will play, but Hull fans can rest assured that he will be at the MKM Stadium in 2023.