Atkins rejoins Wakefield after nine years

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Wakefield have signed Ryan Atkins from Warrington with immediate effect.

The 33-year-old has also agreed a deal for 2020 at Belle Vue and arrives on with just hours remaining before rugby league’s transfer deadline.

Atkins left Wakefield to sign for the Wolves in 2010 and has had nine successful season’s with the Cheshire club.

In his time with the Wire the experienced centre won the Challenge Cup twice and made well over 250 appearances.

Speaking on his return to Trinity, Atkins said: “It’s just really exciting for me to be coming back to Wakefield, a club I’ve always held close to my heart.”

“I started my Super League career at Wakefield and enjoyed four great years there so I jumped at the chance to come back.

“Initially I thought it was for 2020 but the opportunity presented itself for me to join sooner and now I just can’t wait to get started.

“I’ve been out injured recently but things are looking up and I see the specialist on Monday where hopefully I get the all clear to get back on the field.

“The plan for me is to help the lads finish strong and try and push my way into the team for the final stages of the season.”

Wakefield head coach Chris Chester added: “To get someone of Ryan’s quality in at an important stage of the season is a real big boost.

“I’m really happy with all four recruits we’ve brought in over the last week. Ryan certainly gives us some experience and he’ll provide some real competition and strength in the outside backs.”