Date:  Source: Elite Ice Hockey League

Manchester Storm coach Ryan Finnerty is looking forward to the “challenge” of helping to develop newly-signed Brit forward Adam Barnes.

The 19-year-old returns to the UK from EHL side New England Wolves, but will gain experience with NIHL side Blackburn Hawks, who will take him on a two-way contract.

And Finnerty is looking forward to working with him as he aims to take the club to the next stage following their relative success last season.

“We are happy to have Adam on board and I am looking forward to working with him this season,” Finnerty said.

“We have to start developing these young talents into great pros and I’m taking up the challenge. He’ll train, work out and will get valuable ice time with the two-way set up in Blackburn.”

Barnes has spent the last three years in North America, working with Ontario Hockey Academy for two years before heading to Wolves last year.

He scored 10 times and assisted in 27 from 50 appearances last year and was a GB Under 18 international in the 2016/17 campaign, helping them to promotion under coach Martin Grubb.

Now, after deciding to come home, he’s excited for the opportunity to make his mark in the Elite League.

Barnes said: "I’m really excited to start the season with Storm, as I have watched them play over the years and I have seen them become a great team.

“I look forward to meeting all my new teammates and I can hope to be a part of another great season.”

PHOTO: Ontario Hockey Academy