5. Rob Atkinson

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Player Information

Position
Defender
D.O.B.
13 July 1998
Nationality
English

Rob Atkinson joined Bristol City from Oxford United for an undisclosed fee, putting pen to paper on a three-year contract with the option of a further year in July 2021.

Atkinson joined Basingstoke Town for the 2016/17 season before moving to Fulham Under-23s. He was loaned to Braintree Town in the National League before a permanent move to division rivals Eastleigh in June 2019.

January 2020 brought about a switch to Oxford United and, though he was loaned back to Eastleigh until the rest of the season, injury took him back to the U’s the following month.

He then became a regular name for the U’s 2020/21 campaign, scoring twice and contributing to 12 clean sheets from 44 appearances in all competitions. He impressed supporters as he went on to be named in the PFA League One Team of the Year and Sky Bet League One Team of the Season.

The 22-year-old helped his side reach the play-offs but, despite getting on the scoresheet himself, Atkinson’s side were beaten by eventual winners Blackpool over two legs.

Since signing for the Robins in July 2021 Atkinson has cemented himself into Nigel Pearson’s backline, rallying 19 appearances already this season.