Dixon dreaming of Wembley

Andrew Dixon of Leigh Centurions
Andrew Dixon of Leigh Centurions
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Andrew Dixon aims to be in the thick of the action with Leigh at Wembley Stadium on Saturday August 29 and will not want for motivation when the Centurions face Warrington Wolves in an intriguing Ladbrokes Challenge Cup quarter-final at The Halliwell Jones on Saturday (3.00pm).

Dixon, who joined Leigh at the start of this season, was sat in the stands as a non-playing squad member with St Helens as they won the Challenge Cup final in 2008, the first at the new stadium.

The 25-year-old, who left St Helens at the end of the 2012 season to join Salford Red Devils, has aspirations to go one better in the Cup this season.

“2008 was my first season at Saints, but for the 2008 final, I was an onlooker,” he said.

“It was a good time for the club, they were getting to finals regularly and the 2008 win was the third in a row.

“It would be amazing to get to Wembley with Leigh. We’re obviously the underdogs as we’re in the Championship, but being a spectator in 2008 has made me hungry to want to play at Wembley.”

Leigh head into the quarter-final showdown with the Wolves on Saturday having already dumped two First Utility Super League sides out of the competition – Salford and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

The Kingstone Press Championship leaders, who are the lowest ranked team left in the Challenge Cup, face a difficult test in the shape of the eight-time Cup winners Warrington.

“It’s always a tough place to go is Warrington,” said Dixon. “They’re always a tough team to beat at home and they play an exciting brand of Rugby League.

“It should be a great game. We know that it’s always tough in this competition but with it being a knock-out game, anything can happen out there.”