Chris Atkin: The Road To The Robins!
"100 GAMES, 44 TRIES, 268 GOALS, 721 POINTS!". The departure of talented half-back Chris Atkin, 24, from Swinton Lions to Hull KR will leave some very big shoes to fill. Despite having a hectic and exciting first day at Craven Park, Chris was more than happy for a chat, and we discussed everything from his secret passion for baking, to what it takes to rise through the ranks as an amateur to a professional. Here's what Chris Atkin had to say to Grassroots Rugby Media.
1. When did you start playing rugby?
" I started playing rugby league at high school (Wade Deacon High School, Widnes), but played rugby union prior to this. I was involved in the Widnes Vikings Scholarship Program from 13-16 & Signed at Widnes vikings at the age 16".
2. What are your best memories playing rugby growing up?
"I think winning the North-West schools final in year 7 and reaching the national semi-final has to be some of the earliest success' I had within rugby league and they will always be up their with some of my best memories".
3. What are you hoping to achieve at Hull KR?
"Firstly, it's about helping the club get back into super league, I think the current squad have done a professional job so far and will be taking a lot of confidence into the Super8's. After that, I think it's about establishing myself in a full time environment and who knows what could happen!".
4 Now for some fun questions! Who is the ugliest player you have ever played against?
" This is a tough one, you come across quite a few whilst playing in the championship!".
5. What is your guilty pleasure?
" At the minute, it has to be love island, one of the lads back at Swinton had got a few of us into it and I can't miss an episode! Probably another one I keep quiet is I don't mind a bit of baking from time to time, everybody loves cake!"
6. Finally, what advice can you give to young players currently playing at Grassroots Level?
"Everything happens for a reason! - This is something I've tried to keep in my mind through some low points in my career. It's been a long journey from getting released at 19 and falling out of love with the game, to rejuvenating my rugby again at university! Joining Swinton Lions to signing a full-time contract at one of the biggest clubs in the country; is proof that anyone can achieve their goals with hard work. A key thing about rugby is enjoying yourself at the same time.
Furthermore, something that has played a big part in my career has been continuing my education, through college and university, it has given me something to keep working on away from the rugby field, which is important for any professional athlete to have something outside of playing".
Thanks Chris, and we look forward to seeing you on the field at Craven Park!