HULL FC are a sleeping giant that look to be slowly awakening ahead of their visit to Huddersfield.
The Black and Whites do have talented players in their ranks to call upon and, since Adam Pearson acquired the club, they have serious financial clout.
That cash boost led to the signing of second-row sensation and England international Gareth Ellis from the West Tigers, as well as Hull KR skipper Ben Galea which, added to the likes of Andy Lynch, Danny Tickle and Joe Westerman in the forward pack, makes for an even fiercer-looking Hull side in 2013.
The additions of Shannon McDonnell, Jason Crooks and Joe Arundel in the back line also look exciting, alongside the international three-quarter pairing of Tom Briscoe and Kirk Yeaman.
However, despite being tipped my many to be the dark horses at the start of the season, the east-coast side were dealt a huge blow moments before their season began, as star signing Ellis injured himself in the warm-up against former club Leeds.
As a result, they have had an up and down start to the campaign, with the Rhinos, Warrington and even Widnes all comfortably beating them.
Last week’s 52-0 home thrashing of Castleford seems to have got them back on the right track.
But it came a cost, with Yeaman breaking his thumb and Tickle banned for his part in a punch-up at the KC stadium.
Despite losing Tickle, though, they still look to be a firm threat in this heavyweight clash against the John Smith’s Stadium side.