Connor Garden-Bachop already has strong links to the region with his father former All Black Stephen Bachop having played for Otago between 1992-1996. His older brother Jackson is currently with the Hurricane and at just 20 years of age he has already played for Canterbury and Wellington in the Mitre 10 premiership. A strongly built winger he played his schoolboy rugby in Wellington for Scots College with current Highlanders midfielder Thomas Umaga-Jensen.
"Beyond grateful for this opportunity, it’s awesome to be given a chance to follow in my old man’s footsteps and join this awesome franchise. I’m so thankful and blessed for everyone who has helped me on my journey so far and have endless love for my friends and family for making all the hard work worthwhile".