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Reports: Leeds Rhinos set to miss out on Jake Connor transfer

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Jake Connor has made his return to the fray for Huddersfield Giants tonight after missing a series of games and with that it’s been reported that Leeds Rhinos will miss out on the Giants’ playmaker.

Leeds Rhinos were one of the teams linked, something that was confirmed by Ian Watson, with a move for the former Hull FC man Jake Connor after it emerged that Huddersfield were open to fielding loan offers for the full-back. That news had come following a series of performances in which opposition teams had seemingly won the battle of the dark arts against Jake Connor.

The most notorious of those came when Huddersfield played St Helens with Daryl Clark making his mark and getting under the skin of Jake Connor to the point where the Giants’ full-back practically stopped playing and allowed a crucial try to be conceded.

In the post-match analysis, Jon Wilkin slammed Connor, as he ranted: “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.”

One of Wilkin’s fellow Sky Sports‘ employees, Jenna Brooks, has now revealed that Leeds Rhinos have reportedly missed out on the full-back as she provided an update on Huddersfield’s stance on the player.

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What next for Jake Connor?

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

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Introducing the game between Warrington Wolves and Huddersfield Giants, in which Jake Connor was named at full-back after missing several games, Jenna Brooks explained that Leeds Rhinos had missed out on the 29-year-old.

Brooks asked: “What is the latest with Jake Connor? We haven’t seen him play for Huddersfield Giants since May.

“I can tell you tonight he’s starting here at the Halliwell Jones Stadium at fullback. He’s also been linked with a lone move to Leeds Rhinos but now that doesn’t look to be happening.

“I asked the club for a comment and this is what they said: ‘Jake spent time out of the team due to performance reasons and there was interest in him as there would be for a player of his quality, but we decided to keep him with us and he will play this evening against Warrington.’

“Make of that what you wish.”

At the time of the confirmation that Connor was available to be loaned out, Ian Watson had explained: “Overall, he’s been good, I can’t say he’s not been anything else, he’s been fine, he’s been good. Is he happy that he’s not playing? No, he’s not. He wants to play but, it’s the job, it’s the game.”

He then added: “At some point, he’s probably going to have a little look if he’s not playing,” which led to the loan speculation although nothing has come to fruition yet.

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