Amid all the doom and gloom at Kingspan Stadium, Ulster legend Willie Anderson believes his crop of Academy youngsters can restore pride to the side.
The former Ireland captain has been in charge of the underage forwards for two years and, with the Ulster A side in the British & Irish Cup quarter-finals this weekend, he believes they aren't far from making an impact at senior level.
"I think there's guys who I've no doubt will come through," he said. "Maybe they'll get a run before the end of the year, but I can definitely see them getting games next year.
"That's the wave that's coming through and, to be quite honest, coming quicker than expected. I think with those young guys, we can say to the public, 'these cubs are coming through, stay with us, support us, because these guys will die for Ulster'."
Ulster A play Bedford Blues on Saturday in what is the last year of the competition.