As the Parties in Wales face selecting candidates for next years Senedd Election , for Plaid Cymru in particular the selection and ranking for the list of candidates for regional seats become a bit more important than usual.
If the Party is to make a breakthrough in the election then at the moment , then the are probably a maximum of 8 seats they can realistically win on the constituency level.
This means they must win an exceptional number of seats on the Regional lists , which in reality it is probably impossible to win more than two seats in the Region making a total of Ten.
But all the parties need to consider , having what is effectively a strong substitute bench.
During the last Assembly/Senedd there were four such substitutions.
Michelle Brown (Ukip) for Nathan Gill North Wales who had resigned.
Helen Mary Jones (Plaid Cymru) for Simon Thomas Mid and West Wales who had resigned (in disgrace).
Delyth Jewell for Steffan Lewis (Plaid Cymru) South Wales East who had died
Laura Jones for Mohammad Asghar (Conservative) South Wales East, who had died.
On top of that Niel McEvoy Plaid Cymru has been expelled by the party and as for the 7 Ukip regional members only Neil Hamilton remains in the Party after a multitude of Waka Jumping from his colleagues see here.
So the chances of someone who is third on the regional list ending up in the senedd before 2016 election is not completely remote.
In the South Wales Central probably to the rage of the "Areshole of the North" if Leanne Wood decides to put herself forward for the South Wales Central seat as well as the Rhondda Constituency , two more formidable female candidates Fflur Elin and Helydd Fychan have put their names forward .
It could be all thre win Leanne (Rhondda) Helydd Fychan (Pontypridd) and Flur Elin (Regional Seat).
f this happens it will be a good night for Plaid not only in the result but in the quality of their AMs.