When Shaun Wane named his England training squad last week, there was one major name that was omitted.
That name was Jake Connor, who has excelled so far in 2022 with Hull FC, making ten assists in just four games.
But, he has been overlooked for England despite his incredible talent – but now Sky Sports pundit Jon Wells and Connor’s Hull teammate Luke Gale, have revealed why that might be.
“Jake is one of the most natural ball players in Super League,” Wells said live on Sky Sports last night.
“His temperament is something that has always been questioned and that’s probably why he hasn’t been included in this training squad and hasn’t been included more frequently.”
For Gale, it’s more to do with the effort on the field without the ball.
“He’s a mercurial talent, I do think he’s the most skilful player in the competition.
“Time stops when the ball is in his hands – he almost lets you hang yourself in the opposition’s defence and he puts you through the gap.
“But, it’s probably the effort based areas (why he hasn’t been included).
“I think Jake Connor is playing at 80 to 85% of his capacity and I think that’s the effort based areas – the chasing kicks the support and areas off the ball where he is missing.”