Former All Black Rodney So'oialo's proposed move to one of the Welsh regions looks like it won't materialise.
Both the Cardiff Blues and Scarlets had expressed interest in the loose forward who is currently plying his trade in Japan, but So'oialo's wage demands appear to have all but ended their pursuit.
According to Wales Online, the 33-year-old has priced himself out of a move, although Scarlets assistant coach coach Mark Jones has not completely ruled out signing the Kiwi.
"He's a player we looked at when he became available to us," Jones told Wales Online. "We pursued that, did our homework and tried to find out as much as we could about the individual. That's ongoing. We are just seeing what else is there but we know what his capabilities are.
"We are still in the mix for all quality players. I don't want to rule anyone out at the moment. We are looking for a No.8 who will fit the Scarlets' brand of rugby in terms of his skill set. He will need to get the ball away from the base of the scrum and he will need to dominate tactics. We also want an aggressive ball-carrier who can take us over the advantage line."
However, while Jones reveals that the region does have money to spend, he insists that they will not splash out on expensive players unless they are very much the right ones.
"It's just about finding out what's available and try to make sure it gels with the group," he explained. "The type of individual is important as well because whether it's a wing, prop, hooker or No.8 he needs to have a good personality to fit in with the culture of the group. The person is as important as the player.
"Recruitment is ongoing. We are trying to balance up our needs in terms of where we need to prioritise and fill some voids. There's money available, but myself, Simon (Easterby) and Danny (Wilson) spend it like it's our own. If the player is not right, I'd rather play a young, developing Scarlets player."