Scarlets centre Jonathan Davies insists it’s not only time for the region’s youngsters to take the place of the old guard but also to get their hands on some sought-after silverware.
The Scarlets’ last trophy came in 2004 when they won the Celtic League but the club have made a habit of narrowly missing out on the play-offs in recent years, with their fifth-placed finish in the RaboDirect PRO12 last term an all too frequent end to their season.
With no Stephen Jones or Sean Lamont to call upon in the backline this year, 24-year-old Davies knows he’s been immediately promoted to senior status but under new coach Simon Easterby, the centre believes that success lies just around the corner.
“When you are young you look up to people but there's more responsibility as a senior player,” Davies told Wales Online.
“I feel one of the oldest. It's almost come because of the group we have got – it's quite young in the backs.
“It's time for us to step up and lead the group behind the scrum.
“I am really excited about next season. I have been in and out of Parc y Scarlets the last couple of weeks and the boys have been working extremely hard.
“There seems to be a good set-up with the back-room and coaching staff. It's looking really good. We've had a couple of years now where we have played well but not won any prizes.
“As Easters (Easterby) said, it's time to deliver. It's something we want to do, as players.
“I have been involved with Wales and have tasted success. This coming season I want to do the same with my region.”