Newport Gwent Dragons coach Paul Turner has admitted to growing concerns over whether star prop Rhys Thomas will remain at the region next season.
Tight-head Thomas' contract is due to expire at the end of the current campaign and his expertise has attracted a host of interest.
It is understood that the Dragons are in competition with fellow regions in Wales along with clubs in France and England for the 26-year-old's signature.
However, rumours are that the Scarlets are favourites to capture Thomas, despite him denying already putting pen to paper with Nigel Davies' side.
"He could have [signed with the Scarlets]," Turner told the South Wales Echo.
"If it's happened, it's happened. That's the way rugby is, players come and go.
"We are talking to him, but, if we knew now he was going, at least it would give us time to recruit.
"It would be a pity because Rhys is a fine player and we would like to keep him at the Dragons.
"We have made every effort to keep him with us. If he leaves, it won't be because of finance and lack of trying but because Rhys wants a change.
"Players when they sign for you usually do for, one, obviously recompense and, secondly, working conditions. That's the one thing we are certainly not there yet.
"The game is about recruitment and hard cash. The three other regions in Wales either have or are having new stadiums."