Connor Wynne hopes to have given Brett Hodgson something to think about after scoring his first professional hat-trick on Saturday afternoon. The Hull FC youngster started on the wing at Post Office Road and caught the eye with three high quality tries against Sheffield Eagles to help the Black and Whites seal their spot in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals.
Wynne has been in and out of the Black and Whites side so far this season with appearances coming at centre and wing and on both edges. However, the 21-year-old hopes his eye-catching performance on Saturday will be enough to persuade Hodgson that he deserves a regular spot in the side.
“It’s my first ever pro hat-trick, I’m buzzing with that,” Wynne told Hull Live. “It’s good to play as many games as I can and put myself in the picture.
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“With a few bodies coming back it’s good to let Hodgo know that I’m fighting for that spot with whoever because I can cover wing, centre and full-back. We’ve got Darnell (McIntosh) and Carlos (Tuimavave) back so even if I could nail down a bench spot and I can bring that spark if I came on, that’s a big aim for me.
“I’m still only 21 so I’m still working and trying to show the coaches what I can do.”
Wynne will be hoping to be in action once more on Thursday night when Hull travel to DW Stadium to take on Wigan Warriors in round seven of Super League. FC will be riding a wave of confidence after three straight wins and Wynne believes they have the chance to send out a real statement by turning over Matt Peet’s side, who sit level on points with Catalans Dragons and St Helens at the top of the table.
“I think we’re heading in the right direction,” he added. “I think teams think we’re inconsistent but we want rid of that. We want people to expect the tough Hull FC and not the inconsistent Hull FC.
“We’ll still have a few out but on Thursday we’ll probably name the strongest team we’ve had out all season. Luke Gale is massive, he leads the team around the park and he is influential on everyone. Kane (Evans) is a big body and that’s huge for us as well.”