Written by Callum Walker
He’s a product of the Hull academy, and, at just 19 years of age, Connor Wynne is tipped for big things after making his debut in a 23-16 victory over Salford in April 2019.
Having joined the Black-and-Whites in 2016 as 16-year-old, the fullback has been able to learn from one of the most impressive fullbacks in the division: Jamie Shaul. It’s a mentor that other youngsters would certainly be envious of and one which Wynne is very grateful for.
“Jamie (Shaul) helps me a lot; with him having so much experience winning back-to-back Challenge Cups and having been Hull’s number one for such a long time, he’s great to learn from,” he told Everything Rugby League.
“Of course, the aim is to get as much game time as possible, but the great player he is means it will be very hard to get in front of him.
“But, I am young and I’ve just got to keep working and training hard to show the coaches I am ready whenever they need me.”
It’s been a long journey for Wynne since joining from Skirlaugh four years ago, but the teenager is confident in his own development, with his time at both the merged City of Hull academy and on dual registration at Doncaster helping him in this regard.
“I think I’ve improved a lot since I first came to the club; obviously, working with older players and more experienced coaches, I’m going to end up being taught by the best.
“Progressing through the academy and then joining the City of Hull merger was interesting, but it gave me valuable knowledge that I have been able to use when I’ve got on the field.
“Doncaster was a great place to be around, especially working with Richard Horne who has done everything in the game.
“The player he was in his prime meant that it was unreal to learn from him. It helped my game massively and I’m just looking to kick on now and put what I have learnt into practice.”
The 19-year-old fullback has already represented the Yorkshire Academy side in the Origin fixtures against Lancashire back in 2018, and, with game time increasing, Wynne is likely to be around West Hull for a while yet.