Hull FC’s Jake Connor is perhaps one of the most divisive figures in Super League.
With an ability to wow audiences with his maverick attacking play but to also attract criticism with his fragile defence, the Hull star continues to be the focal point of Brett Hodgson’s side.
Though Connor was left out of Shaun Wane’s England set up earlier this season, there have been calls to add the utility man to the squad for the upcoming World Cup at the end of the year.
That’s because of his attacking quality that no one can ever deny. In fact, Connor sent out a message to his haters over the weekend, racking up another three assists as the Black and Whites put Toulouse Olympique to the sword in emphatic fashion at the MKM Stadium.
That left the Hull man on 33 assists for the season – four more than Huddersfield Giants star Tui Lolohea who has played more games in 2022 as well.
In fact, Connor is averaging an assist every 1.74 games whilst Lolohea is on an average of 1.32 and St Helens star Jack Welsby accruing an average of 1.09.
That has left Connor high and mighty as the greatest try assist merchant in 2022 – unless of course Lolohea pulls out an incredible effort against Wakefield Trinity on Friday night.
So, it is really baffling as to why the Hull man attracts criticism when he is effectively the greatest talent in terms of setting up tries in Super League – and in a side that has struggled throughout the year.
That makes Connor’s achievements even greater. Yes, Lolohea and Welsby are second and third respectively in the charts, but they have been in successful teams.
In fact, Huddersfield have registered 90 points more than Hull whilst St Helens have scored 134 more than the Black and Whites, yet Connor still boasts the best attacking return in the competition.
That really is some going and an incredible message to those who criticise him.
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