Huddersfield Giants utility back Jake Connor has agreed a two-year deal with Super League rivals Hull FC, starting next season.
The talented full-back, half-back or centre becomes coach Lee Radford’s second acquisition for next term and will bolster his options, especially as he can play on the wing if needed.
“Jake is a very talented, young English player that I’m really excited about joining us next season,” said Hull’s head coach.
“Having spoken to him, I know he is really looking forward to lining up with one or two of his new teammates and helping us continue our development as a club moving forward.
“He is comfortable in the outside backs and gives us some quality options as cover in the halves and at full back.”
Radford continued: “It shows he is prepared to challenge himself by stepping out of his comfort zone from a club where he has come through their youth system, is familiar with everything and a club who were very keen for him to stay.”
Connor made an impressive start to life in Super League following his senior debut for Huddersfield in 2013 at just 18, and he has since made over 40 appearances for the Giants, being popular with the John Smith’s fans.
The former Siddal junior has been a first-team regular this year under former coach Paul Anderson and stand-in Andy Kelly, scoring nine tries in 18 games and also assisting a further nine.
He scored twice against Hull FC at the KC Stadium in last year’s Super 8s, having scored four tries in four games against the Black and Whites during his career.
With significant competition for places in the backs at Hull FC, soon to include fellow new arrival Josh Griffin, as well as potential international ambitions with England, Radford believes Connor is up to the challenge.
“He’ll move into a new environment having to fight every week to hold a spot in our 17-man squad, and he is relishing that challenge from next season,” commented Radford.
“I have no doubt whatsoever that he has the skill set and physical capabilities to achieve anything he wants within our side, and push his career to the next level.
“I’m looking forward to seeing him display that drive and hunger that is also needed for this to come to fruition.”