Scarlets head coach Nigel Davies insists his long-term plans have not been damaged by failure to qualify for the Heineken Cup.
The Llanelli-based region saw their hopes of autuomatic qualification dashed by Cardiff Blues following their 39-16 defeat at Parc y Scarlets.
But Davies insisted the prospect missing out on Europe's top tier for the first time in the competition's history will not have have any bearing on Scarlets' plans for the future.
He said: "It won't have any effect on our plans for next season in terms of where we are,? he said.
"It's not a one-year plan we have, it's a three or four-year plan. We are consolidating. The fact we have signed Stephen Jones on for another year shows we are intent on moving forward."
The Scarlets do have a lifeline in the shape of the Blues. Should Dai Young's team win the Amlin Challenge Cup then the Scsarlets will sneak their way into a competition they were candidates for winning during the Gareth Jenkins years.
But those days have passed and last weekend the Scarlets led 16-15 at half-time following Regan King's try and the boot of Jones. But four second-tries by the Blues saw them run out comfortable winners in the Magners League tie.
Davies said: "All credit to the Blues. I thought, in the second half, they upped their game and we couldn't really manage them.
"They played with width, kept the ball and off-loaded really well. We matched them in the first half and worked hard to lead at the break, but we were unable to live with them afterwards.
"It's very disappointing. I thought there were a couple of key moments, but the try early in the second half was a killer."
Whenever Bedlinog tackle Penallta a massive fixure is guaranteed but this Sunday there will be even more emphasis placed on the two rivals when they contest the SSE Swalec Plate final at Principality Stadium.
Ahead of their SSE SWALEC Bowl Final clash with Taffs Well at Principality Stadium on Sunday, Burry Port share their #FABXV nomination with WRUTV in the search for Welsh rugby's greatest volunteers. Everyone can get involved by sending nominations via twitter to @WRU_Community using the hashtag #FABXV
Cardiff Blues prop Gethin Jenkins and Ospreys centre Ben John look ahead to the first game at Principality Stadium in Saturday's double header which is promising to be a special occasion for all Welsh fans.
Carmarthen Quins Director of Rugby Ian Jones and committee member Jeff Thomas along with Llandovery chairman Handel Davies look ahead to Sunday's SSE SWALEC Cup showdown where both teams are out to prove 'West is best'
SWALEC ambassador Shane WIlliams is looking forward to Sunday's Finals Day where the Cup, Bowl and Plate offers a great opportunity for players and teams to experience the magic of playing at Principality Stadium
Carmarthen Quins coach Richard Kelly believes it is an exciting time to be part of the Scarlets region as his side take on local rivals Llandovery in the SSE Swalec Cup final on Sunday, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers
Scarlets long serving prop Phil John talks to WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie about Judgement Day IV and SSE Swalec Cup finals day. The last time Llandovery were in the cup final in 2007, the Drovers claimed the spoils with Phil playing a major role in the engine room.
Meet Aberdare coach Luke Thomas whose #FABXV nomination goes to super volunteer Daz with a whopping 10 things he does for the club each week, all except the ironing! You can also join in the search for Welsh rugby's greatest volunteers, by sending your nomination via twitter to @WRU_Community using the hashtag #FABXV
SSE Swalec Cup kings Pontypridd travelled to Swansea, fully expecting a return to their second home but Llandovery had other ideas as they also sought victory in the semi-final to earn the right to play the final at Principality Stadium