Wigan Warriors’ powerful forward Caine Barnes is coming home to west Cumbria after signing for his boyhood club Workington Town.

The former Seaton amateur enjoyed a spell at Town last season on a one-month loan from the Super League side.

Now, the 19-year old will be back at Workington on a one-year loan deal to continue developing and help head coach Leon Pryce target promotion.

Wigan executive director Kris Radlinski said: “Caine will benefit from playing regular rugby and, with the unfortunate situation at reserve level, we believe that it’s in their best interest to have him playing meaningful rugby league.

“We enjoy a great working relationship with Workington Town and Malcolm Allison and, in Leon Pryce, Caine has a sharp rugby mind to tap into.

“We’ll be following his progress closely and we wish him the best of luck.”

Town chairman Les Smallwood added: “Caine is a great lad with an unbelievable future in the game.

“After spending part of last season with us, we are absolutely delighted to get a great local player and to also help further his experience in a league that is very strong and competitive.

“He is a big, strong runner who runs excellent lines and his defence will complement what is already an experienced and skillful pack.

“Other clubs were interested in him but he’s a Town fan so we had a slight advantage in that respect.

“Wigan also know that we’ll look after him here at Derwent Park.”

The second-rower began his career with Seaton when he was eight years old and was snapped up on an academy scholarship with the Warriors in 2014.

He signed a professional contract with Wigan in August last year.