Connor Wynne, role model for youth development at Hull FC, says Brett Hodgson – | Rugby League Express


Hull FC head coach Brett Hodgson says the rise of Connor Wynne is an example of the path the club want to take from the Academy to the first team.

Hull and East Yorkshire have lost their clout in player development in recent years, with its two Super League clubs coming together to run a joint academy, only to close it four years later and return to their own setups.

England’s current 30-man training squad contains just one local man – Reece Lyne, a Hull FC product from over a decade ago who left for Wakefield Trinity. London and Cumbria both have more England squad members.

But the picture was brighter in the recently announced England Knights 27-man performance squad, which included two Hull FC players in Jack Brown and Jordan Lane, as well as another of their products in Hull KR’s Jez Litten, and Mikey Lewis, who came across town. from the Academy of Hull.

Wynne might consider himself unfortunate not to be part of this group after an impressive season so far, including scoring a try hat-trick on two occasions.

But his form has earned the 21-year-old center a contract extension with the Black and Whites, signing for 2023, with the club given the option to extend terms until 2024.

“He loves the club. Playing for this shirt and the badge means something to him, which is really important,” said Hodgson of Wynne, who joined Hull in 2016 from Skirlaugh Bulls.

“That’s what we try to instill in all players who come through the ranks, and he embodies that.

“We are investing in a lane here and Connor is a good example of what we are trying to produce.

“From the day I arrived here, I said I wanted to invest in these young local players and help them earn the right to play in this shirt.”

Wynne is one of eight Academy products to feature for Hull so far this year, while Aidan Burrell, Jacob Hookem and Marcus Walker all made it last year and are currently on the sidelines of the selection.

“It was an incredibly easy decision for me to extend my contract here,” Wynne said.

“I was born in Hull and it’s my boyhood club, having come through the Academy system, so I can’t wait to see how my career develops over the next few years.”

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