LEIGH Centurions have announced Stephen O'Dwyer will represent the club at the Wembley Stadium parade prior to the Tetley's Challenge Cup Final on Saturday, August 23.

A parade will take place immediately prior to the final, in which all clubs that have competed in this year's competition will be represented by a flag-bearer.

Centurions' head of rugby Derek Beaumont was in no doubt which supporter should be nominated to represent the club, and bear the Leigh Centurions flag at this prestigious event.

Stephen, 24, was taken critically ill on the terraces of Owlerton Stadium while watching his beloved Centurions against Sheffield Eagles in May.

Since that day he happily made a fine recovery and is back watching the Centurions on a regular basis. He will be accompanied to Wembley by his fiancée Emily Bailey.

Beaumont said: "When we were contacted by the RFL to put forward a representative of the club I immediately thought of Steve.

"He is an extremely passionate fan who is heavily involved in putting out our flags on game day. His story of survival at Owlerton and his remarkable recovery since is the real success of the year ahead of anything we achieve on the field.

“When me, Paul, Jukesy, Ando and Finny went round to see him once he made it home you could see the life of excitement in his eyes.

"It is fitting that he enjoys this special moment at Wembley representing the club he loves so strongly and I wanted to turn it into a special occasion for him and his girlfriend by adding travel and accommodation on behalf of the club to the match tickets provided by the RFL.

“I have no doubt Ste will wave our flag loud and proud above any other clubs and I hope when he does so he is able to reflect on the importance of his life to those around him who love him so dearly."

Head coach Paul Rowley said: "I think it is a fitting tribute to someone who follows our club with passion and pride.

"Stephen had the misfortune to fall poorly that day at Sheffield and the united support of the Rugby League family willed him to get better.

“Happily he has made a remarkable recovery and Stephen will bear our colours with dignity and pride on the biggest stage in the country on the biggest day of the Rugby League calendar."