Ryan Atkins rejoins Wakefield

Drew Darbyshire

Photo courtesy of Richard Long

Wakefield have re-signed centre Ryan Atkins from Warrington on loan for the rest of the season, with a deal agreed for 2020.

The 33-year-old – who has been with the Wolves since 2010 – joins Trinity for a second spell and will remain at the club until the end of 2020.

An eight-time England international, Atkins scored 165 tries in 272 appearances in 10 seasons with Warrington.

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 coach Chris Chester commented: “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.”

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