New arrival Steven Shingler is upbeat about the Scarlets chances of repeating a productive 2012/13 campaign.
The Welsh region have lost 13 players since their last campaign, but have been boosted by the signings Shingler and Scotland flank John Barclay.
Simon Easterby's side managed a play-off berth in the RaboDirect PRO12 last season but given the loss of a number of players, few would be backing them to replicate the achievement - Shingler certainly is though.
"Last term was successful for the Scarlets in terms of reaching the league play-offs and we've been working hard during the pre-season to ensure we continue with the good work and standard that the boys set in 2012-13," he told the South Wales Evening Post.
"It was a shame the weather was so appalling against Exeter last weekend. We were looking to play an exciting brand of rugby and get a really good test under our belts."
The former London Irish man reveals he has adjusted well to live in Llanelli and is eager to get the season going in earnest.
"I feel I've settled back in really well," said the 22-year-old.
"There's a really good bunch of boys here and I've enjoyed pre-season with the squad. We had a good training camp a few weeks back with the RAF and it was a fantastic opportunity for us to get to know each other a little better and put things in place ahead of the new season.
"Leinster first up will be a huge test for us in the PRO12, with Gloucester the week before a good opportunity to test ourselves against a strong side before the competitive season kicks off."