Hull FC’s ‘man of the moment’ Jake Connor the one to stop for Huddersfield Giants says coach

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Hull FC’s ‘man of the moment’ Jake Connor the one to stop for Huddersfield Giants says coach

Hull FC’s Jake Connor holds the key to unlocking Huddersfield tomorrow night in the crucial Super League affair.

That’s the view of Giants assistant coach Chris Thorman, who heavily praised the former Fartown star as he continues to make waves at the Black and Whites and for his country.

Receiving a call-up to Wayne Bennett’s England squad last month following his glittering form for Lee Radford’s men, Connor has been one of the standout figures for FC this term and scored on his international debut in the win over New Zealand in Denver.

Jake Connor in action for Hull FC against Widnes Vikings

Jake Connor in action for Hull FC against Widnes Vikings

Transferring from the John Smith’s Stadium to the KCOM for the 2017 campaign, Thorman admits he still wishes Connor was in the Claret and Gold jersey – and has called upon the Giants to limit his threat tomorrow night.

“I guess the man of the moment is Jake Connor and any team that has Jake in, whether he plays full-back, centre or in the halves, is a dangerous one,” Thorman said.

“When he was called up for England I texted him and told him I was proud of his achievements.

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“It would have been nice if he was still in the claret and gold shirt rather than the black and white but that’s water under the bridge and I’ll watch his career fondly now.

“He was pretty impressive on his England debut and hopefully he’s not as impressive tomorrow night.”

Connor, who signed a new three-year extension at FC last week to take him through until the end of 2021, was on the Huddersfield books for four years before moving to west Hull, and Thorman noticed his potential from a young age.

Jake Connor in action for Huddersfield Giants in 2016.

Jake Connor in action for Huddersfield Giants in 2016.
(Image: SWpix)

“His effort wasn’t always the greatest, his attitude wasn’t always the greatest but he just had some uncoachable talents,” Thorman added.

“He did some freakish things with the ball that you just had to applaud at times. He also used to frustrate the life out of me as coach.

Huddersfield Giants assistant coach Chris Thorman.

Huddersfield Giants assistant coach Chris Thorman.
(Image: PA)

“At times he would take short cuts but he’s slowly and surely getting those out of his game. He’s a massive threat with the ball. He catches the ball better than anyone else I’ve seen.

“Hopefully we can put him under a bit of pressure. I do know his weaknesses, whether we can exploit them is a different matter. He can get agitated himself and we might have a half-back in our team that can agitate him a little bit.”

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