Former Hull star Cooke warns “selfish” Connor to shape up or ship out

Hull Daily Mail columnist and former Hull FC half back Paul Cooke has slammed the attitude of England star Jake Connor and advised him to alter his approach or risk being shown the door.

Connor has come under heavy criticism, after goading referee Ben Thaler into sitting him down for ten minutes late on in last Friday’s 44-12 loss to Castleford, before arguing with his own team-mates on his way off the pitch.

The former Huddersfield man’s temperament has come into question this season, with his ill discipline costing his team more than once this year, and Cooke has seen similar traits that he saw in himself when he made the much publicised move to Hull KR, where he was eventually axed for his poor attitude.

“His petulance, his narrow mindedness, his selfishness and ultimately his own inability to rein in his emotions has cost him 10 minutes in the sin bin,” he wrote.

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“But the worst of all is his clear disregard for his team-mates, who he continued to argue with whilst leaving the field.

“I was Jake Connor, where I backed up my stupidity on the field for the very club he’s playing for, yet upon my move across the city I did not.

“I behaved just as poorly and didn’t back it up on the field, and guess what, I was rightly shown the door,” he added.