The best squad in Super League: Jake Connor confident heading into 2023

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Jake Connor of Hull goes over for a try

Jake Connor is a confident player heading into the 2023 Super League season and believes Huddersfield have arguably the strongest squad for the upcoming campaign.  

The 28-year-old full-back returns to the John Smith’s Stadium on a three-year deal, having spent the last six seasons with Hull, racking up more than 100 appearances for the side.

Connor made his Super League debut back in 2013 for Huddersfield, having progressed through the club’s academy system.

A five-time England international, Connor is one of several eye-catching signings for head coach Ian Watson ahead of 2023.

Fiji captain Kevin Naiqama returns to Super League with the club on a two-year deal from the Sydney Roosters, while centre Esan Marsters also makes the switch from the NRL with Gold Coast Titans.

Jake Bibby, Harry Rushton and Nathan Peats have also all signed for 2023, with the latter returning following a stint with the club in 2021 on loan.

Jake Connor: I think we’ve got a real good chance this year

Speaking during a recent club event, Connor shared his confidence heading into the new year, with pre-season now well underway for most clubs.

“I think it’s going to be a good year,” he said. “We’ve made some good signings and some exciting signings.

“We just need that time on the training field to make it all gel. I think we’ve got a great squad going into this year.

“If you look across the league, it’s probably the best squad when you actually look at it. I think we’ve got a real good chance this year.”

Huddersfield 2023 squad numbers

1. Jake Connor

2. Jermaine McGillvary

3. Esan Marsters

4. Kevin Naiqama

5. Jake Bibby

6. Tui Lolohea

7. Theo Fages

8. Chris Hill

9. Nathan Peats

10. Joe Greenwood

11. Josh Jones

12. Chris McQueen

13. Luke Yates

14. Ashton Golding

15. Matty English

16. Harry Rushton

17. Owen Trout

18. Seb Ikahihifo

19. Adam O’Brien

20. Olly Wilson

21. Leroy Cudjoe

22. Harvey Livett

23. Olly Russell

24. Sam Halsall

25. Innes Senior

26. Nathan Mason

27. Jack Ashworth

28. George Roby

29. Sam Hewitt

30. Fenton Rogers

31. Jack Bibby

32. Will Pryce

33. Kieran Rush

34. Aidan McGowan

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Journalist. Joined the Love Rugby League team full time at the start of 2022 having been a freelance reporter for several years. Previously media manager for Swinton and Rochdale.

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