Perpignan have a Heineken Cup return in their sights - and winning the Amlin Challenge Cup would guarantee them a place in next season's top flight competition.
French club top Pool 4 level on points with Exeter Chiefs and play Newport Gwent Dragons and then the Chiefs in the final two rounds that will determine the Pool winners and quarterfinal qualifiers.
"We want to do well in the Amlin Challenge Cup and qualify from our Pool because at the end there is a place in next season's Heineken Cup for the Amlin winner," said international centre David Marty.
"It is part of our ambitions goals to return to the Heineken Cup as it is a competition that we hold close to our hearts.
"Perpignan are used to competing in the Heineken Cup so it is true that this season we are a bit frustrated to be in the Amlin Challenge Cup.
"However, we have realised as the games came along that it is a competition as fierce as the Heineken Cup and therefore for each round we expect tough and high level games and we prepare accordingly.
"Due to the qualification process we know we have no alternative but to finish first in our Pool and on Saturday we host the Newport Gwent Dragons at home in Round 5 and that game will be vital to see whether or not we will play the decider against Exeter in the last round.
"We will focus attentively on our preparation to face the Welsh region before even thinking about our potential direct rivals in the group.
"Even though the Dragons seemed in poor form in their league and had not won a game since they beat us in Round 2 before their fine 21-20 victory over the Ospreys at the weekend, that is no indication of how the match will turn out as to us they represent a danger no matter what.
"They fought hard and played really well against us so we know it will be a tough game.
"Their victory against us might have been an exception, who knows, but I thought they were good and we will have to be cautious on our turf and not be taken by surprise.
"And let's not forget they have World Cup players in their ranks. They have a brilliant squad with the likes of Toby Faletau and Dan Lydiate, not to forget Aled Brew and the injured Luke Charteris, and they have just recruited a new centre in Andy Tuilagi, which sounds promising.
"They have key talents across the pitch so we will have to be vigilant."
Perpignan, Heineken Cup finalists in 2003 and semi-finalists last season when they broke new tournament ground by taking their quarter-final against Toulon to Barcelona's Olympic Stadium, added Welsh star James Hook to their squad in the summer where he joined a host of internationals from France, South Africa, England, Romania, Cameroon, Samoa and Tonga.
"It is half-way through the season and we can clearly say it is not a good year for us in terms of where we are in the domestic championship so far at 10
th in the Top 14," Marty said. "We are in a transition year as we have changed coaches and have a fair share of players who are reaching the end of their contracts so overall it is not a favourable situation.
"But we do have the same goal in mind and as long as we are not out of the qualification running for the Amlin Challenge Cup knock-out phases, we will play until the end. There are a number of French clubs at the top of the Pools so we will do our best to follow suit."
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