The Scarlets faithful will be delighted with news that 20 year-old scrum half Gareth Davies has committed his future to the region with a new deal that will see him provide competition for the no9 jersey at Parc y Scarlets alongside international talent Tavis Knoyle.
The 20-year-old has come through the region's development pathway as a former Scarlets Academy player with international honours with Wales U18 and U20's.
The quick and skilful young scrum half on a Scarlets development contract this season has made nine Scarlets appearances in 2010/11 - winning man of the match in the Scarlets' league win over Edinburgh back in February.
The Scarlets also hand a senior contract to centre/wing Nick Reynolds, another product of the Scarlets Academy, Nick secured his Scarlets debut in October 2010 with a win against Glasgow in the Magners League. His first Scarlets try came against Leinster in March this year.
Reynolds who has international caps with Wales U20s, has come through the ranks of Llangennech Juniors and youth before coming into the Scarlets Academy.
The region has also signed development contracts with three emerging young Scarlets talents:
Owen Williams: Fly-half, 19 born in Neath played his early rugby with Ystradgynlais then through the Ospreys U16 and U18 set-up and played with Llangennech last season. He got his first start for the Scarlets against the Dragons this season and has played 12 games for Llanelli RFC this season and has played for Ammanford RFC.
Liam Williams: Full-back, aged 20 from Morriston. Liam has featured in all the Wales under-20s Six Nations games as well this season. He's played 20 games this season for Llanelli RFC with three tries.
Chris Keenan: centre from Llanelli, aged 24. He began his rugby career with Llanelli Wanderers at U16 then to Furnace Youth and Furnace seniors, followed by Felinfoel RFC and then signed for Premiership side Llanelli RFC.
This brings the number of Scarlets players secured on new contracts for next season and beyond, to 26 following the announcement earlier this month, of a group of 21 Scarlets players committing their future to the region. This is alongside a number of key players who are already contacted next season including Welsh internationals Jon Davies, Stephen Jones, Matthew Rees, Sean Lamont.
Scarlets head coach Nigel Davies said: "Our ethos is to invest in some of the best young talent from within our region and that is shown by the amount of game time and experience the players on development contracts have had with us this season.
"They know that if they commit to the Scarlets and are part of our senior squad, there will be opportunities for them. Bringing through young players adds competition, energy and increases ambition within our rugby environment and with our team of coaches, these players will continue to progress.
"These players are all exciting prospects in their own right and they are eager and committed to developing further within our senior environment alongside our experienced international players.
"There is a lot to be excited about in terms of the Welsh talent we have secured in this Scarlets team going forward which will only improve as time goes on. We have belief and pride in our vision to develop leading Welsh players of the future from within the Scarlets region."