Jacob Conner has re-signed for the Club for the 2019-20 season.
When a young man rocked up at the Woodlands in early October and asked to join in training, no one knew him from Adam. Jacob Conner, 6’4”, 106kg, had already been studying for three years on an international hospitality management degree course at UCLAN but hadn’t played during that period.
It soon became apparent that the former Northampton Saints Academy backrower was a very talented player and, with no 8 David Fairbrother ruled out of action with a serious shoulder injury, his arrival was very timely.
It transpired that Jacob had been part of the England U’16s and U’18s squads before earning a full time Academy place at the Saints. He was part of the Saints’ Wanderers U’19s squad which won both the Challenge Cup and the Premiership titles. He fell out of love with the game and took a long sabbatical.
Back in the mix, Jacob was fast tracked into National League action in the no 8 role and he made his debut against Hull Ionians at the Woodlands. It was an inauspicious beginning as he was stretchered off in the 2nd half. He missed five weeks but returned to make an excellent impression against Huddersfield in December and continued in that vein thereafter. He has appeared in 15 N2N games and scored a crucial try in the Fylde v ‘Hoppers Christmas game at the Woodlands.
Warren Spragg said: “Jacob was an unknown quantity when he first came to the Club last season. He quickly showed us all that he is a top quality player but, more importantly, a great bloke who has started to become a big character within the squad. He is ambitious and certainly has the potential to move up the professional ranks in the coming seasons, so I am delighted that he has decided that Fylde is where he wants to be in the immediate future!
Jacob Conner said: “I’m very happy to be staying at the Woodlands for another season. For me, last season started brightly but didn’t end as I hoped. I think the same feelings were shared by all the players. However, there’s plenty to look forward to, as the other players have already said. Bring on the 2019-20 Centenary Season!”