10th January 2019, 10:58 | Hull
Jake Connor is the player that every Super League fan loves to hate, on the field he’s Hull FC’s creative spark and wind-up merchant, but off the field he’s the introvert that knows where the line is.
Hull FC will kick-off their 2019 Super League campaign in their Friday Night Lights game against rivals Hull KR, Connor doesn’t score many tries, but you can’t forget the try against KR last year and the celebration: “I don’t score many tries so when I do, I celebrate it, and I’m thinking of one for that game,” Connor laughed.
That pass from Albert Kelly 🙌🔥 pic.twitter.com/oXAEYfqYnU— Betfred Super League (@SuperLeague) March 31, 2018
The 24-year-old wants to nail down the half-back spot and has spoken to FC coach Lee Radford about his position this year.
Connor said: “We’ve had the chat and you know I want to play half-back, I want the ball in my hands and that’s when I’m at my best.
“If I can get the ball in my hands more often, I can create more and that’s one thing I’m good at.
“I think half-back is my best position and that’s where I want to play.”
Connor is Super League’s complete Jekyll and Hyde player, he treads the line on the pitch, that and his competitive nature as soon as he crosses the white line makes Connor the fans’ villain.
“It’s pretty weird, in the sheds before a game I don’t think I say a word and I’m just getting ready for the game.
“As soon as I cross that white line it’s like I forget about everything else.
“I’m a competitor. I play to win. I don’t play to lose.
“If I can wind the opposition up and put them off their game, I will.
“I’m quiet off the field but as soon as I cross that white line, I don’t know what it is, but it just comes out of me,” said Connor.
The Black and Whites had an end of season to forget after they went 11 games without a win, Connor missed part of that with a hamstring injury and returned quicker than expected but couldn’t end FC’s slump.
“It’s awful watching and sometimes you see things unfold and you think to yourself you could’ve done this or that in a certain situation to help the team.
“Especially what we went through, to lose eleven on the bounce is not nice and every player who was on the side-line just wanted to be out there, to do something about it to give us the best chance of winning.
“Hopefully I’ll stay injury free this year and give us the best shot to get to the Grand Final,” Connor added.
FC will be hoping to break that losing run in their first-round game against KR, with the 2019 Super League new rules coming in to play, there could be more chance of seeing Connor’s creative spark and another try.
“I hope there’s more space for me when the big lads get tired, but some of the fittest players still play in the middle, like Chris Hill and Luke Thompson.
“Luke is the fittest forward I’ve come across, I doubt we’ll find much space around him, but if a team’s got a big pack and we tire them out, these rules will come into play for the halves,” Connor admitted.
Hull FC will travel to KCOM Craven Park on Friday 1 February (19:45), and the game will be live on Sky Sports.