Huddersfield boss hints at potential date for Jake Connor debut

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Huddersfield coach Ian Watson has revealed star signing Jake Connor could make his debut against Wakefield next week.

The full-back returned to the Giants from Hull in the off-season but has yet to make his second debut as he recovers from a long-term knee injury.

Speaking after their 26-16 defeat to Warrington Friday, Watson says Connor’s bow isn’t far away.

“Jake will be ready in week three or four,” Watson said. “He’s looking really good in training, he’s not too far off.”

Ian Watson on Warrington defeat

The Giants scored consolations late on through Will Pryce and Kevin Naiqama, but it wasn’t enough as Wire held on as Daryl Powell’s side went two from two.

“I thought it was a really good game,” Watson admitted. “It was a good arm wrestle but we just shot ourselves in the foot a few times. We want to be better there, we don’t want to be conceding 26 points.

“Warrington were really good, they kicked really well in the first half. We just need to tidy a few things up.

“Overall it was a really, really good game, we just didn’t defend as well as we needed to.

“There were good signs for us. We’re not happy that we lost, but there’s things that will keep us in good stead.”

New signings impress

Esan Marsters and Kevin Naiqama, who have both arrived from the NRL in the off-season, made their first Huddersfield appearances.

“Esan Marsters was outstanding,” Watson said. “Kevin Naiqama was sensational. The two centres did their job today.”

Watson also went on to credit Warrington for their display. They’ve secured back-to-back wins in their opening two games of the season.

“It was a high-quality game,” Watson said. “Warrington are going to be a lot better than they were last year. George Williams’ kicking game was outstanding.”

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