Tributes have been paid to rugby league legend Des Drummond, who starred for Workington Town and Barrow, after his death at 63.

The Great Britain international's illustrious career included three years at Derwent Park from 1992-5.

A second spell followed for the winger in Cumbria at Barrow in 1997.

Drummond also shone for Leigh and Warrington, and news of his death has been met with tributes from across the sport.

Town offered their condolences and said on social media: "Our deepest condolences to the family and many friends of Des Drummond who has passed away.

"It was a joy to watch you flying down the wing at Derwent Park.

"Rest in Peace marra."

Barrow Raiders added: "We are saddened to hear of the passing of Des Drummond. Des graced our ranks in the late 90s and throughout his career was a truly great player.

"Our thoughts are with Des' family and loved ones at this sad time."

The RFL added that Drummond was a player "whose brilliance, athleticism and personality transcended the sport”.

Jamaica-born Drummond moved to England in the 1960s, and enjoyed early success with Leigh, who he helped to the Championship in 1982, topping the try-scoring charts.

He went on to gain 24 caps for Great Britain - while he also starred on the BBC TV show Superstars, finishing second in 1983 with a performance that included a stunning 10.85sec run in the 100m.

After a spell in Australia with Western Suburbs, he then joined Warrington and played in the Challenge Cup final against Wigan in 1990, before captaining the Wire to the Regal Trophy in 1991.

In 1992 Drummond move on to Workington and became a popular figure with his displays for the west Cumbrian club.

He made more than 70 appearances for Town, scoring over 30 tries during a period of success under coach Peter Walsh, as Workington won promotion from the Third Division and ultimately reached Super League in 1996. They lost to Featherstone Rovers in the divisional play-off final in 1993, but beat London Crusaders in the 1994 final.

Town also won promotion to Division One for the 1994-95 season when Drummond scored eight tries in 29 games at the age of 36

The Indian summer of his career continued with spells at Chorley, Prescot and then finally Barrow in 1997.

Leigh Centurions said Drummond "was a superstar whose brilliance created so many memories, and a humble, modest and much-loved person."

Warrington Wolves added that they were "deeply shocked and saddened" at the news of his passing, and held a minute's silence before their game against Wigan on Saturday evening.