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“I wouldn’t want to play with him” – Jake Connor slammed by Jamie Jones-Buchanan

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Huddersfield Giants boss Ian Watson made the bold call to drop Jake Connor for Friday night’s clash against Leigh Leopards and now former Leeds Rhinos legend Jamie Jones-Buchanan has questioned the full-back’s attitude.

Jake Connor had been at the centre of controversy of late with the 29-year-old sin-binned in the Giants’ Challenge Cup loss to Warrington Wolves. Twice, Connor was involved in scuffles with Wire’s winger Josh Thewlis but it was one time too many as the ref sent him for ten on the second occasion.

Ian Watson had explained after that defeat to Warrington Wolves that he would be “having words” with Jake Connor but as it turns out, the full-back was left out of the squad to face Leigh instead.

That yellow card marked the latest in a string of incidents that have been highlighted by the fact that Huddersfield have lost their last five games. Connor’s mental battle with Daryl Clark in the Giants’ defeat to St Helens was picked out as one of the major factors for the loss by Sky Sports pundit Jon Wilkin who slammed the full-back.

Wilkin fumed: “Get on with the game man! Do your job! Jake Connor has just got completely selfishly absorbed in a conflict that set him and his team no good whatsoever.”

Despite Connor’s absence for Friday night’s defeat to Leigh, described by Ian Watson to the press as being down to an issue with the full-back’s knee, Jamie Jones-Buchanan has become the latest to question the attitude of the maverick playmaker.

Jake Connor creates “chaos”, claims Leeds legend

Following Warrington Wolves’ impressive win over Catalans Dragons in Perpignan, with particular plaudits to the Wire’s team attitude and efforts for one another, Jones-Buchanan pivoted to a club in Huddersfield where he thinks that behaviour is lacking and made a reference to Jake Connor.

He explained: “I’ll be honest with you, I’m a big man around behaviour. We’ve just seen some great behaviours there from the Warrington Wolves.

“They’ve got a great leader in George Williams who comes up with the money but for Huddersfield, some of their individual players that didn’t play against Leigh show behaviour that is just not good enough.”

Sky Sports presenter Brian Carney pushed him on that point, asking if he was referring to the maverick full-back to which, JJB responded resoundingly: “Yeah, Jake Connor. He’s just not good enough.

“He’s a fantastic player and some of the moments he produces you watch with absolute reverence, but when you’re a player you’re looking at someone like that and you’re going, ‘Do I want to play with that, am I going to turn up for this individual’, and that for me is chaos.”

As a man who was part of one of the most successful teams in our sport for over a decade, there are few people better able to assess team dynamics and the reading for Huddersfield doesn’t make good based on Jones-Buchanan’s claim.

It could get even worse though with a torrid set of fixtures coming up on the back of the current losing run of five matches with JJB claiming that it could get “really dark in June”.

Kyle Amor elaborated: ” I think I’ve got three away games on the trot. Hull KR is always a difficult place, Catalans and Warrington too. The month could get really, really ugly if they didn’t pull out anything in those.”

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