Forget Shearer and Sutton, dismiss Suarez and Sturridge from your minds – Hudderfield has its own top-class SAS partnership and it could be set to take over the world.

No the Giants have not signed Sam Tomkins and Sonny Bill Williams in secret. To give you a clue, this big-hitting sporting duo are possibly the first to emerge from Fenay Bridge (with apologies to Arnie and Ryan Sidebottom!).

In 2014 get ready for the emergence of Sykes and Smith.

That is Tom and Kyle, of course, and the opening European round of the World Superbikes Championship for this season at Aragon’s Motorland circuit gives every reason to believe that Huddersfield could have two world winners on their hands.

Sykes is already the global king in World Superbikes, but even last season’s title-winning campaign didn’t start this well.

It took Tom time and patience to reach the top of the rankings last term after being dogged by early-season injuries.

But he made as good as could be expected a start at Australia’s Phillip Island, and he’s followed it by a much better than expected ‘double’ in Spain.

To be fair many might have looked to Chaz Davies or possibly Eugene Laverty for such a result, but the 28-year-old Kawasaki Team Racing rider pretty much came up with start to flag domination in Aragon and, as a result, is top of the title race with 75 points.

Already the rest of the field will be asking themselves what they have to do to live with Sykes, when last year they were doing that for just the second half of the season.

But just as interesting on the ‘undercard’, as it were, was the performance of 22-year-old Smith.

Kyle Smith at Catalunya in Barcelona
Kyle Smith at Catalunya in Barcelona
 

He ended a horror season in 2013, where a move into Moto2 came seriously unstuck, with two fine performance in Magny-Cours and Jerez in the WSB Superstock for the Aggro On Racedays team.

While it boded well, there were no guarantees that what is essentially a new rider with a new team on a new Honda bike would work.

Thankfully Motorland produced the most promising of answers to the questions that might have been in the minds of the Racedays team as Kyle gained a podium first time out, finishing third.

As the song says, things cane only get better and there is every chance that the Spanish-based racer will improve on this over the season as he becomes au fait with the bike and they tweak it to his liking.

And the British Superbike season starts again this weekend with five local riders – Tom Tunstall, James and Jonathan Lodge, Joe Irving, and promising newcomer James Pickford – all looking to impress.

Let’s hope they can pick up the pieces from the season’s first SAS raid.

Sometimes you just can’t get what you want.

Having had the agony of watching Manchester City lose last year’s final to Wigan Athletic, and then put up with the pie-eaters putting the Sky Blues out in the last eight this time round, you might have thought I would not have wished Wigan any joy in their semi-final against Arsenal.

However, I have to say I was wanting them to get through – for two reasons.

The first being that if City weren’t going to lift the cup, in a spurious connections sort of way it would have been nice to see Uwe Rosler pick up the trophy.

The second reason relied on the second semi-final and with Hull City seeing off Sheffield United.

Despite being dragged all the way to London when the Etihad or Old Trafford would have provided just as good and far more convenient venue, the Blades and the Tigers produced a thriller with the Humbersiders through to their first ever final.

And Hull against Wigan would have been a great final as there is entirely no precedent for it in footballing terms.

Which would have meant that to find classic Wembley clashes between Wigan and Hull, all those soccer writers from down in the smoke would have been forced to refer to a certain classic rugby league Challenge Cup final instead to get an angle on the showdown.

Sadly it was an opportunity missed.