Jake Connor feels that he is benefitting from the coaching experience of Brett Hodgson, who was a well established full-back during his playing days.
Deputising for the injured Jamie Shaul, Connor has already scooped a try and three assists in Hull FC’s opening two fixtures in the 2021 Betfred Super League campaign.
After winning the Jacuzzi® Elite Performance Man of the Match in the Round Two win over Salford, Connor told hullfc.com just how much he is enjoying the freedom of the fullback role.
“I’m really enjoying playing fullback,” he said.
“Brett’s style of coaching really suits me at fullback with him playing there himself and being a Man of Steel winner, and I can’t think of anyone better to learn from really.
“I’m learning each week, he’s constantly giving me tips and they seem to be working.
“I think fullback suits all kind of bits of my game and putting them together. I’ve played full back before, and I actually got given a stat that I’ve only played one position five times consecutively and never any more than that so I’ve been all over the place but I feel like I’m getting there.”
The Black & Whites have comfortably won their first two games of the season, displaying defensive dominance in both matches.
After coming under criticism for inconsistency in recent times, Connor believes that such a consistent start of the season will hold Hull in good stead moving forward.
“I’ve said before that consistency is going to be key for us and backing up performances like last week,” he said.
“I thought we were really good defensively again and the boys are working hard for each other
“We’re a totally different team to in the past, and that’s what we wanted.
“We’ve struggled for consistency, and we want to put a run of form together.”