York have secured another huge coup for 2021, in the shape of experienced Super League centre Ryan Atkins.
The 34-year-old has spent the past 16 years in the top-flight, making over 350 appearances for Bradford, Wakefield and Warrington.
He is the Wolves’ top try-scorer in the Super League era, notching 168 over 10 years whilst also winning two Challenge Cups, while he has also scored a further 51 during his two spells with Trinity.
He becomes the Knights’ second big-name recruit of late, joining current Wakefield teammate Danny Kirmond in James Ford’s squad.
On the move, Atkins said: “I spoke to him (Ford) and I could just tell straight away that his passion and hunger for the game was evident.
“His philosophies and approach reminded me of Tony Smith and under him at Warrington was when I played my best rugby so I just knew I would be able to work really well with Fordy. I’m really excited to do this and I’ve not been excited for a while.”
York boss Ford added: “Ryan is a big signing for us and I’m sure the supporters will be excited to watch him impose his physicality on our opponents.
“His track record speaks for itself – but I’m excited to work with someone who I feel will help lift standards on and off the field. We see Ryan as a leader and we’ll be expecting him to lead us right from the front.
“He’s been around some elite environments and I’m confident he will have a huge impact on us in 2021 and beyond.”