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29th June 2018, 16:01 | Hull

Jake Connor extends contract

Jake Connor extends contract

Talented utility back Jake Connor has penned a new three-year deal with Hull FC, extending his stay at the club until the end of 2021!

Less than a week after making his debut for England, the versatile 23-year-old becomes the latest Hull FC player to commit their future to the Black & Whites this season, after Albert Kelly, Carlos Tuimavave, Fetuli Talanoa, Masi Matongo, Jordan Lane and Brad Fash signed contract extensions earlier this year.

Halfway through his second season with Hull FC since joining from Huddersfield Giants after the 2016 campaign, Connor has caught the eye of fans, pundits and players alike with a run of impressive performances for the Black and Whites.

Already this season he has scored six tries, assisted a further ten and kicked 27 goals, as well as being part of the Hull FC side that beat Wigan in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final last season.

The former Siddal ARLFC man also made his England international debut against New Zealand last Saturday, the first Test match held in the United States for 18 years, where he scored an outstanding solo try and assisted two more.

Speaking to hullfc.com, Connor said: “It’s a massive relief to know that I’ve secured my future here at Hull FC for the next three years because I love it here.

“There is a great culture going on behind the scenes here that maybe the fans don’t get to see. It’s like a big family.

“I’m very fortunate to have played for Hull at such a young age because I have learned so much and that was helped by how quickly I settled into the squad.”

Lee Radford also spoke to hullfc.com and said that having such a unique player with unbridled skill is a special asset to have.

“The talent was clear to see when he was at Huddersfield and it was fantastic that we could get him here in the first place.

"He simply caught our eye with a few of the things he did and he still does things that leave us speechless.

“He can catch the ball off his chest, throw passes with just one hand, give balls out the back door. He is a very talented player.

“It’s a fantastic bit of business from the club because he’s a fantastic player.”

He continued, "After a brilliant first year for us, he’s gone on to become even better and hopefully he can continue to perform consistently and shine in the big games.”