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Jake Connor ‘doesn’t want to play’ for Huddersfield Giants

A close-up shot of Jake Connor in Huddersfield Giants gear

A terrible run of form for Huddersfield Giants continued with a humiliating 48-0 defeat to Warrington Wolves and now the desire of full-back Jake Connor has been questioned.

Warrington made light work of a lacklustre Huddersfield side as they ran in eight tries, all converted by Stefan Ratchford, to see off the Giants but it was the efforts (or lack thereof) of one man that caught the attention of the Sky Sports pundits.

Jake Connor had been brought back into the fray by Ian Watson after having not played since May and rather than have the galvanising effect, it had the complete opposite with the Giants folding under any semblance of pressure.

Jon Wilkin has critiqued Jake Connor throughout the season, notably after the loss to St Helens in which he called on the full-back to stop being “selfish” and instead commanded him “do your job”. The former Saints’ captain has had his say after the defeat to Wire and once again, he’s not pulled any punches.

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Does Jake Connor want to play for Huddersfield Giants?

Jake Connor Huddersfield Giants

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In the immediate post-match analysis on Sky Sports, the poor nature of Huddersfield was assessed just as much as the sheer quality and desire of Warrington Wolves.

However, the desire of Jake Connor has been called into question by Jon Wilkin who stated simply: “Jake Connor doesn’t want to play. He doesn’t want to be out there. He’s playing but he’s not there.”

He noted Ian Watson’s pre-game interview in which the Huddersfield boss was asked what was required of Jake Connor with effort being the main answer.

Wilkin continued his rant, arguing: “It’s the only time I’ve heard a coach say, ‘What I want to see from Jake is the effort areas and the team first mentality’. Well, why is he in the team?

“I’ve never played with anybody who has been questioned. That’s something you need to say to somebody who doesn’t play not somebody who is playing.”

The loss marked a seventh defeat in eight for Huddersfield Giants in Super League with an additional hammering at the hands of Warrington Wolves in the Challenge Cup also among that string of games to mark eight losses in nine.

This was by far the worst and it led to the brutal assessment from Jon Wilkin that the Giants are simply not a playoff team. Asked where he believed they’d finish this season, Wilkin claimed quite generously that they could even finish as high as seventh.

“On the basis of that performance Brian, I just don’t see them going anywhere from where they are now. That’s their level isn’t it, seventh, eighth or ninth maybe.”

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