WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats are a completely different animal in 2012.
No less than 40 players came in or out of the club in the off-season, as well as a complete overhaul of the coaching staff, with Richard Agar coming in from Hull FC to replace John Kear.
Their newly-found financial clout has seen them now build a competitive squad capable of posing a play-off challenge.
Former Giants trio Danny Kirmond, Andy Raleigh and Kyle Wood were just three fresh faces to come in and they will also be hoping to get one over their old club, too, after joining Wakefield for 2012 and losing out in their first encounter at Belle Vue.
Former International duo Lee Smith and Paul Sykes have also come in on loan during the campaign to make that roster even stronger.
Tim Smith is another player Huddersfield will need to keep an eye on, with former Dally M Rookie of the Year winner pulling the strings for Trinity and looking to make amends after a poor first stint in Super League with Wigan.
Wigan did beat the Wildcats convincingly in the previous round (52-10), but despite that result, recent performances suggests they can’t be written off, and Paul Anderson has a difficult hurdle to overcome in his first week as head coach.
For the record, three of Wakefield’s squad from last season are now at the Giants in the shape of Luke George, Tommy Lee and Aaron Murphy.
ALI LAUITIITI is the man that could pose the biggest threat to the Giants.
The former Leeds forward is a legend within Super League, with his unbelievable off-loading ability helping the Rhinos to five Grand final wins.
The international star, who has featured for both Samoa and New Zealand, was arguably Wakefield’s biggest signing for 2012, and if he is given time and space this Sunday, the Giants will find it difficult to stop the big South Sea Islander.
RICHARD AGAR has started to see progress in his new aspiring team over recent months.
The former York City Knights and Hull FC coach took over a club which has been traditionally Super League strugglers.
He has been given a blank canvas to build on, though, with the full salary cap being made available to him.
Agar made some shrewd signings, but with 20 new faces at the club it has proved too difficult for them to be in contention for a play-off berth.
However, they are sure to be more than a handful for Paul Anderson’s side this Sunday.