Wes Atkinson | defence

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West Bromwich

13.10.1994

5ft 10"

player bio

Experienced right-back who joined the Pitmen after a successful trial period in August 2020

Born in West Bromwich, Atkinson joined his hometown club as a junior and agreed a professional contract with the Baggies in the summer of 2013. After featuring regularly for the U21 side during the early part of the 2013-2014 campaign, Atkinson was handed his first taste of senior football with a three-month loan move to Skrill Premier strugglers Cambridge United

In the summer of 2015, Atkinson was released by West Brom after failing to make a first-team appearance and joined League Two side Notts County in July 2015. He was loaned out to National League newcomers Eastleigh early on in the campaign for a short spell before returning to Meadow Lane and playing a number of league games to earn himself a contract extension in the summer of 2016

After struggling to break into the Magpies' side in the early stages of the 2016-2017 season, Atkinson was loaned to National League side Gateshead in November 2016 - initially for a month - before agreeing to remain at the International Stadium until January 2017

After returning to Notts County once more, Atkinson was loaned out again in March 2017 with a two-month spell at National League North side Alfreton Town. He was released by Notts County in June 2017 and trialled for a clutch of clubs in the summer of 2017 before joining Rushall Olympic in September 2017

Two months later, Atkinson returned to the National League with the short move between Rushall and Solihull Moors. Despite scoring once in three starts for the Moors, he was allowed to leave in January 2018 to join National League North Boston United until the end of the 2017-2018 season

Another summer of trials followed before he returned to Dales Lane to rejoin Rushall at the start of the 2018-2019 Southern Premier League Central season. Six games later, Atkinson was on the move once more as he returned to step two with a move to Gloucester City. However, after making only one appearance for the Tigers in a county cup game against Cirencester Town, he suffered a long-term injury and was released by the club whilst he recuperated

In the summer of 2020, he joined the Pitmen on trial and impressed in games against Heath Hayes and Stafford Rangers to earn himself a deal for the 2020-2021 season

* Denotes playing records removed after 2019-2020 season was voided due to coronavirus pandemic

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