Ryan Atkins’ exit from Warrington has been confirmed.

The experienced centre has been linked with a move away from the Halliwell Jones Stadium for several months.

And this afternoon, Wakefield have confirmed he will join them with immediate effect, on a contract that keeps him at the club until the end of 2020.

Atkins’ move to Trinity marks a return to the club he played for between 2006 and 2009.

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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.”

Coach Chris Chester said: “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.”