Ryan Atkins, the former England centre, has been given a three-month ban by the Rugby Football League after admitting betting on a game involving his former club Wakefield.
The 35-year-old former Warrington player, who has signed for Championship club York for 2021, was not registered with a professional club when he placed the bet on the outcome of Trinity’s Super League fixture with Wigan in September, putting him in breach of the RFL’s code of conduct.
The RFL says it accepted it was a single bet made without using “inside” information and took into account the fact that Atkins co-operated fully with its investigation, having admitted the charge promptly.
In a statement issued through the RFL, Atkins said: “I regret placing the bet and, if I could wind back the clock, I would not have done so.”
Meanwhile, St Helens have announced the signing of Tonga international Agnatius Paasi on a two-year deal from 2021.
The New Zealand Warriors prop, 28, who played for Tonga under Saints coach Kristian Woolf, has an option for a third year with the reigning Super League champions. Paasi had two years left on his contract with the Warriors but was released by incoming coach Nathan Brown, the former St Helens and Huddersfield boss, after injury restricted him to just six appearances in 2020.
Woolf said: “Iggy is as good a ball carrier I have seen in the NRL and has a similar influence with the ball in hand. “On top of that, he has a terrific skill set and offload ability along with a pre-line pass ability.”