Would you be happy settling for a place in the Middle 8s and a Challenge Cup final trip to Wembley?

If the answer’s ‘yes’, then it’s certainly possible you could end up getting your wish in 2016.

With six games of the regular Super League XXI campaign remaining and Huddersfield now eight points away from a top-eight spot after Widnes Vikings’ stunning 38-28 triumph at Castleford Tigers on Thursday night, the Giants’ hopes of securing a place in the Super 8s are hanging by a thread.

Even if head coach Paul Anderson’s men finally start playing to their full potential and finish with a flourish with a win at home to Wakefield tomorrow (3.00) and then secure victories against Hull FC and St Helens at the John Smith’s Stadium and at Salford, Hull KR and Warrington, it may not be enough to mount a late charge into the eight. The fact many of the clubs above them and scrapping for a place in the Super 8s are picking up wins here and there mean a six-out-of six winning finish could still prove in vain.

But even if that’s the case, winning as many of the remaining six League games as possible is still vitally important.

For starters, having some real winning momentum and a lift in confidence going into the Middle 8s could spell big trouble for their rivals. How on earth the Championship clubs would handle that, heaven only knows, particularly with the prospect of props Craig Huby (shoulder) and Daniel Smith (foot) and blockbusting new back-row signing Sebastine Ikahihifo (broken jaw) potentially back in the fold after injury and the possibility of second-rower Tom Symonds having arrived from Australian NRL club Manly!

To be honest, even with the squad in its current shape, it’s hard to see how the leading Championship clubs would be able to stand toe-to-toe with Anderson’s men.

And what about the Challenge Cup?

In a couple of week’s time (Thursday, June 23), the Giants host Wakefield in the quarter-finals.

Huddersfield Giants' Danny Brough will have former club Wakefield in his sights in the Challenge Cup. Picture by John Rushworth

It was arguably the kindest draw Huddersfield could have been handed, given the fact so many of Super League’s top-eight sides are still involved.

Among them are, of course, Wakefield themselves.

Securing a place in the Super 8s and avoiding the Middle 8s with its potential risk of being relegated from Super League has always been Trinity’s No1 priority. It’s their holy grail.

But if the Giants beat them at the John Smith’s Stadium tomorrow, they’ll head back to Huddersfield 11 days later for the Cup clash still needing to win at least one more top-flight fixture to guarantee that top-eight finish.

That, rather than Cup success, could mean they take one eye off the quarter-final ball – and the Giants are good enough to take full advantage.

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Then attentions would turn to the semi-finals.

It’s possible Huddersfield’s three last-four opponents could all be involved in the battle to secure a top-four Super League finish and kinder Super 8s draw.

Like Wakefield, success on the Super League front could take away some of the energy required to complete a journey to Wembley – again the Giants are good enough to take full advantage.

Yes, it’s been a disappointing season up to now.

But at this later stage of the campaign, there’s still no reason at all why it still can’t guarantee a big and rewarding 2016 finish.