Jake Connor's tryscoring display at Wakefield could play a massive role in his Super League development.
That’s the view of Huddersfield head coach Paul Anderson after hailing another highly-encouraging top-flight display by the multi-talented 19-year-old.
England Youth utility back Connor has featured in three of his side’s last four Super League games, scoring tries in his last two in the wins over Catalan Dragons and the Wildcats.
Connor featured at full-back against the Dragons and on the wing at Wakefield.
And even though the imminent return of several senior players from injury means the teenager’s time in this season’s Super League side could soon be coming to an end – he has been named in the Giants Under 19s Academy side for today’s home clash against St Helens at the YMCA (2.30), with the senior side taking a break because of this weekend’s Challenge Cup semi-finals – Anderson has made it clear that’s no reflection on the way one of the club’s brightest rising stars has performed at the highest level over the past month.
“Jake’s taken his chance well,” said Anderson, who gave Connor the nod against the Wildcats due to the injuries to fellow backs Leroy Cudjoe (hip) and Jodie Broughton (foot/ankle).
“His enthusiasm has been there for all to see, and he’ll play wherever we tell him to play.
“He’s obviously still a very young kid and he has to learn his trade, and the more positions he understands, the better he’ll be
“So to be part of the side that played so well at Wakefield and come up with a try after he started that game on the wing will have done his continued development no hard whatsoever.”