WREXHAM manager Denis Smith has given the FAW Premier Cup a vote of confidence, but the future of the BBC-backed competition hangs in the balance.
The Dragons face Rhyl in the Premier Cup final next month knowing victory would land them a £100,000 jackpot.
But the game could be the last in the competition's eight-year history as negotiations between the BBC and Premier Cup board to strike a deal for next season's competition remain unresolved.
With the FA of Wales having snubbed the BBC to agree a lucrative contract with Sky Sports to televise Welsh football, the chances of the Corporation backing the Premier Cup next season appear remote.
Dragons boss Smith, however, has said he hopes the competition - which gives Welsh Premier clubs the chance to compete with Nationwide League sides Wrexham, Cardiff City and Swansea City - will continue.
"The Premier Cup has been good for us and it's been good for the likes of Rhyl too," said Smith, who led his side to victory in last season's final.
"Financially, it's been a massive help and I'd be very disappointed to see it go.
"I believe it's good for Welsh football to have ourselves, Swansea and Cardiff involved in a cup competition with Welsh Premier sides."
Smith's views on the Premier Cup are in complete contrast to those of Cardiff City owner Sam Hammam, who this week said he would withdraw his club from next season's competition if it goes ahead.
The Bluebirds' outspoken chief said: "It's not even a Mickey Mouse Cup, it's Minnie Mouse!"
Hammam was reacting angrily to the FAW's decision to turn down his appeal to allow the Bluebirds, Wrexham and Swansea to play a reserve side in the Welsh Premier, handing the winners a chance to compete in the Champions League.
"Exiled" sides such as Wrexham would not be allowed entry into Europe if they were to win the Premiership or the FA Cup because of their allegiance to the Welsh FA.
But Hammam believes Uefa would have no objections to playing two sides in two separate leagues as a way around the problem.
Welsh clubs playing in the English leagues were regulars in Europe thanks to their inclusion in the Welsh Cup.
But a reshape of the Welsh league ended those clubs' involvement and any chance of playing against Europe's elite.
However, the FAW is believed to have offered five clubs competing outside the Welsh pyramid a chance to enter the Welsh Cup, and Wrexham boss Smith said he would welcome such a move.
"It's news to me but, in principle, it sounds like a good idea," he said.
"Whether or not we would be eligible to play in Europe if we won it is another matter."
Teenage defenders Craig Morgan and Simon Spender, who both picked up ankle knocks during Tuesday's 1-1 draw at Oldham, missed training yesterday but should be fit for tomorrow's home match with Luton.