Lee Radford opens up on managing Jake Connor

Jake Connor’s move from Hull FC back to Huddersfield Giants was one of the biggest stories of the off season.

Now the man who brought him to Hull FC in the first place, Castleford Tigers boss Lee Radford, has spoken about what Jake Connor will bring to the Giants.

Speaking to Serious About Rugby League, Radford said: “Obviously we played Huddersfield on Sunday so I spoke to Jake, we had ten minutes after the game.

“I think what he brings in terms of down the other opposition’s end of the field, I don’t think there’s too many better in the competition. What he does is he puts them half chances and turns them into a chance, I don’t think you can ever ever question that.

“It will be real interesting to see where he’s going to play first and foremost, because whether you like it or not, as a full-back down that end of the field there’s only half the job.”

This came as Radford noted that he felt that Connor needs to improve the other areas of his game outside of the attacking areas.

Radford said: “There’s another area and part of the field that you’ve got to get right and if he’s playing at six he maybe doesn’t have to deal with that, so that’ll be interesting.

“What he’s going to bring is that he’s going to execute some opportunities, that’s what he brings to a team and what Ian, myself and Brett Hodgson have all tried doing is develop the other areas of the game where you want him to become the perfect player and the finished product because I think he’d be a benefit to England as the finished product, that’s my own opinion.”

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