PRODIGAL son Adam Higson is ready to help Leigh book a first Wembley appearance in 48 years.

But the rangy winger, now 32, will not complain if he’s overlooked for Sunday’s eagerly anticipated AB Sundecks 1895 Cup home semi-final with Betfred Championship rivals Widnes Vikings (kick-off 4pm).

Higson made his third ‘debut’ for Centurions in last Sunday’s 48-12 league victory over Batley Bulldogs.

The former Toronto Wolfpack man, however, has still to make a first appearance in this inaugural knockout competition.

“I am not sure what will happen, whether I play or I won’t,” Higson told Journal Sport.

“If I don’t I completely respect that decision. Some of the boys have put in a lot of minutes into the cup this year.

“They deserve a chance to get to Wembley. But if I am asked to do my bit for the team I will be more than happy to do that.

“I enjoyed the game last weekend and even though I have only been back a short time, the lads made me feel really welcome.

“It seems a good group ‘Duffs’ has assembled and there is no a single person I feel awkward around.

“I have played with a lot of the boys before. And the lads I have not played alongside, I have been around that long I know them to a certain degree.

“So, it’s been an easy transition for me,” said the former Leigh Miners East prospect who made his senior bow in 2008.

“I was always aware of how much the club means to the town. But when I first came back something that clicked was a quote from Des Drummond over the top of my changing peg.

“It was a really nice touch, from the past to present, and we are keeping that link.”

Sunday’s game will be a third meeting of the year against the Vikings, coached by former Centurions boss, Kieron Purtill.

The record is one win apiece with Leigh’s success at Summer Bash one of their best performances.

Vikings have won only once since booking their last four place, beating Rochdale 40-12 but losing heavily against Bradford and Halifax.

However, they ensured Toronto had to work hard to achieve the League Leaders’ Shield last Sunday. The winners will meet Sheffield Eagles or Batley Bulldogs at Wembley on Challenge Cup final day-August 24.

“When I first started playing Widnes was always a really tough game,” added Higson.

“They have a good coach in Kieron and it should make for a great semi-final.

“I remember playing in the Northern Rail Cup when the town used to get together and watch the game.

“I was lucky enough to win a couple of those matches and they were great occasions for the club. Hopefully, there will be another one this weekend.”