Wes Atkinson | defence

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BORN
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West Bromwich
13.10.1994
5ft 10"
 

PLAYER BIO

Former West Bromwich Albion right-back who agreed a new deal with the Pitmen in June 2021 after a year out battling injury

West Bromwich born and raised, Atkinson joined his local side as a schoolboy and worked his way up the youth ranks to the U21 team, signing his first professional deal with the Baggies in the summer of 2013. After featuring regularly for the U21s, he was given his first taste of senior football in November 2014 when he was loaned to League Two outfit Cambridge United, making two appearances for the 'U's in a two-month spell

More appearances for the U21s followed for Atkinson upon his return to West Brom alongside his colleague Callam Mendez-Jones before he was released at the end of the 2014-2015 campaign. After spending time on trial at League Two side Notts County during the pre-season programme, Atkinson signed a contract with the Magpies for the forthcoming season. He made a clutch of appearances early on in the 2015-2016 season before being loaned out to ambitious Vanarama National League side Eastleigh in November 2015 for a month

After signing a new deal with Notts County in the summer of 2016 and once again playing in some of the early season games, Atkinson dropped out of favour after Christmas and joined near neighbours Alfreton Town on loan in March 2017 in a deal until the end of the season

After being released at the end of his Notts County contract, Atkinson spent the summer of 2017 on trial to several clubs and was also offered terms by Boston United, but elected to turn Adam Murray's offer down. He eventually signed for Evo-Stik Premier League side Rushall Olympic in September 2017, making his mark at Dales Lane in eleven appearances with some impressive performances at full-back for the Pics

 

His form caught the eye of Vanarama National League Solihull Moors, who signed the player in November 2017. He made three appearances at Damson Park in a short spell with the Moors before leaving in December 2017

A month later, he made contact with Murray once more and signed for National League North side Boston on a deal until the end of the season. He made two appearances at the Jakemans Stadium before being released in May 2018

He returned to Rushall in the summer of 2018 and started the season with the Pics, making seven appearances before departing Dakes Lane once more in October 2018 to make the step up to Vanarama National League North once more to sign for Gloucester City, now managed by his former Eastleigh manager Chris Todd

He only made one appearance for the Tigers however in a Gloucestershire Senior Cup game against Cirencester Town, suffering what to become a long-term injury that kept him out of much of the next year, despite Gloucester offering to take him back on trial in 2019 after he had recovered

In the summer of 2020, he trialled for the Pitmen and was impressive in games against Heath Hayes and Stafford Rangers to earn himself a non-contract deal with the club for the forthcoming season. However, in his first pre-season game after being confirmed by the Pitmen against Kettering Town in August 2020, he suffered another long-term injury as he landed awkwardly after a header and badly damaged his Achilles, seeing him stretchered off the pitch and his season brought to an end before it had started

However, after fighting back to fitness, Atkinson was offered new terms by the Pitmen in June 2021 ahead of the forthcoming 2021-2022 season, with the player hoping to shake off his recent injury issues with a clean slate at Keys Park

 

* Denotes playing records removed after 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons were voided due to coronavirus pandemic