JOE Wardle believes Leigh’s Challenge Cup campaign can highlight the club’s credentials as genuine Super League contenders.

Wardle and his team mates travel to Bradford Bulls on Monday night (kick-off 7.4pm) bidding for a place in the last 16 of a competition Centurions last won in 1971.

And after a 38-4 Championship home success over the Odsal outfit last month, ex Bulls forward Wardle is optimistic Leigh can clear another hurdle on the road towards a final at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on May 28.

“We want to go as far as we can,” said Wardle who made his senior debut for Bradford against Warrington in the 2010 Challenge Cup.

“I believe we can compete with Super League sides without a doubt. We have a squad to have a decent dig.

“I think we can prove to people we are not just a Championship side. And if we get through and come up against a Super League side they will know we already have a good squad.”

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Adrian Lam’s side has won its last five games, including victory over Widnes in the previous round, after an opening round defeat at Championship leaders, Featherstone.

The latest was a 34-18 success over Newcastle Thunder at Leigh Sports Village; a game that saw Ben Reynolds move into 10th place on the club’s all-time points scoring list.

Reynolds has amassed 701 points from 101 games, scoring 36 tries and kicking 278 goals and one drop goal. John Woods tops the pile with 2,492.

But Wardle admits it wasn’t Leigh’s best performance of the campaign and serves as a warning for the televised tie at Bradford.

“If I am honest, I thought we escaped one,” admitted Wardle. “Credit to Newcastle, they turned up and had a massive dig “We know we have a target on our heads, but we started the game flat and need to start better.

“We seem to be leaving things until the second half before we really get going. It is something to address, especially going into big games.

“I am sure Bradford will have a point to prove and want to give us a bit back. Knowing John Kear, he will be revving them up because he loves the cups,” added Wardle of the man who guided Sheffield Eagles and Hull FC to cup triumphs in 1998 and 2005.

Bradford have won two of their four league games including a 21-20 success over Batley last Sunday.

Former Catalans and Salford utility back Krisnan Inu could make his debut for Leigh after signing from French club Lezignan.