Huddersfield Giants made plenty of signings in the off-season but none bigger than Jake Connor.
Connor was brought in and returns to the place where he broke through initially and he was seen as a key piece to push the Giants towards silverware.
Of course Huddersfield missed out in agonising fashion in the Challenge Cup final in 2022 and crashed out of the play-offs.
Connor has yet to play the first game of his second stint at the John Smith’s however Ian Watson has now named him in his 21-man squad to face St Helens on Thursday night.
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The return of Connor is huge news for Huddersfield and he’s joined by Sam Halsall and Innes Senior, both included for the first time in 2023.
Josh Jones is ruled out after failing his HIA assessment vs Wigan, with Matty English still not ready for his return.
Huddersfield will be looking to bounce back following their tight loss to Wigan, whilst Saints have got themselves back in the win column after defeating Hull FC.
Now Ian Watson has confirmed that Connor will play against St Helens but will start on the bench.
Watson said today: “He’ll play some part. He will start on the bench and we will see how he goes.
“He is not ready for the full 80 minutes. He isn’t far away though his last session before Wigan nearly broke him in terms of fitness to be honest.
“He has been working hard.”
Watson has a plan for Connor but admitted that it could go out the window:
“I have thought about how I want it to look but if you lose someone after two minutes like with Theo it can all change.”