Catching up with Chris Atkin!
From teaching, to the Top Tier! Last time I caught up with Hull KR half-back Chris Atkin back in July, he had only just signed for Rovers from Swinton Lions. We discussed everything from his rugby memories at Wade Deacon High School (Widnes), to his secret love of baking and watching Love Island. There is no doubt Hull Kingston Rovers are a top side and Atkin played an integral role in their return to the Super League, I was keen to catch up with Chris and discussed his transition to now being a Super League Half-Back.
1. Has life changed much since stepping up from Swinton to Hull KR?
"In terms of training, yes, it has definitely been a step up in certain aspects. The amount of time spent on the rugby field has increased and the level of intensity within the gym has also increased, which is expected as the demands of Super League are going to be greater than in the Championship.
Away from rugby, myself and my girlfriend have moved over to Hull. It has been a bit tough for both of us moving away from our families as we were so close to them, but we are starting to really enjoy living in Hull".
2. You played at Hooker during the Pre-Season Derby Vs Hull FC, and I’ve been told you can also play full-back. How important is your versatility when it comes to squad selection and what is your favourite position?
"It was great to experience my first Hull derby, and I know there were a few players missing from both sides, but both sides really wanted to win and you could tell how much it meant to the fans to win the game.
I’m happy to play in a few positions and it can only be a positive in terms of selection as Tim knows that I’m able to cover a few positions if needed. Obviously I would prefer to play at Half-Back as it is were I have played over the last few years in the Championship".
3. Now that you’ve got to know your Hull KR team mates well, who would you say is the funniest in the dressing room?
"There is a really good team spirit in the side with a lot of the lads coming out with jokes and having a laugh but I’ve got to say the main 2 are Thomas Minns and Danny Addy, they are both the type of player that every side needs, and they are always there to give you that pick me up if your having a tough time".
4. A lot of youngsters featured in the Hull Derby. Are there any youngsters in the Hull KR camp who you think possess the potential to be a Super League star?
"A lot of the young academy lads did a really good job over pre-season and the club certainly has some future stars in the academy set up. In the current squad you have the likes of Will Oaks and Will Dagger who are still young but are going to turn a few heads this year when they get their chance".
Thanks again for taking the time out to speak to GRM and good luck this season!