RYAN Atkins is going “above and beyond” to be fit in time to play a part in the Challenge Cup Final.

The centre is currently recovering from bicep surgery and has not played since the win at Wakefield Trinity on June 17.

He was estimated to be missing for between 10 and 12 weeks. By the time the game against Catalans Dragons at Wembley comes around, nine will have passed.

However, Wire head coach Steve Price is refusing to rule him out of contention for the match.

“Rhino is doing really well. He’s certainly a quick healer,” he said.

“The things he’s doing behind the scenes to get himself where he wants to be go above and beyond.

“He’s been on the training pitch on the last week or two. He’s excited and buzzing.

“When he will be back I’m not quite sure, but if he keeps doing what he is doing he won’t be too far off.”

In the short term, Bodene Thompson will make his Warrington debut in Friday’s opening Super 8s game, also against the Dragons.

The second rower has been with his new teammates for two weeks after joining from Leigh Centurions and Price says he has fitted in seamlessly.

“He’s an exciting player, he’s brought a lot of energy to the group and he’s picked things up really quickly.

“It has been a good opportunity to get some volume in his lower leg strength. Jon Clarke (head of strength and conditioning) has had a good two and bit weeks with him.

“He’s a natural footy player. He’ll go out there and do his job.”