Despite not winning a national title for the past five years, Birchfield Harriers' Nathan Morgan will be playing it cool when the AAA Championships and European Trials take p lace this weekend in Manchester.
The long jumper, whose last British crown came in 2001, claims he will not be fazed by the presence of his closest rivals and will not be drawn away from his gameplan of using the competition as preparation for a more important date in Gothenburg next month.
That's where the 19th European Championships take place and Morgan is determined - as much for financial as sporting reasons - to make sure he has a successful end to a disappointing season.
So far in 2006, the 28-year-old has slipped to No 3 in the British rankings behind the rejuvenated national recordholder, Chris Tomlinson and the emerging teenager Greg Rutherford.
Compared to Morgan, both men can claim to be in a decent vein of form. Tomlinson who, in 2002, broke Welshman Lynn Davies' record of 8.25 metres that had stood for 34 years, looked to be getting back to his best when he covered 8.09m in Germany last week.
That lifted him level with 18-year-old Rutherford who posted the same mark at Crystal Palace last month. Morgan has not gone beyond 8m since February.
Much of that is due to an ankle injury that has compromised his training and forced him to compete below full capacity and that's why he will be taking things cautiously this weekend.
"My aim is to be healthy for the Euros and when they get closer, then I will let loose a little bit," Morgan says.
"I've got my gameplan. For me, it's about going out there and using this competition as an extension of my training.
"I'll work on a few technical aspects and whatever result I get, I get. The main thing is I feel good about what I've done and don't get injured."
Morgan is not concerned by the fact that he has not been producing brilliant results this summer and claims he was happy with second places at Gateshead and Huelva.
He has, after all, had to reduce the intensity of his preparation. "I have not really been doing that much," he says.
"Sometimes, you can overdo it and end up getting niggles ,so I've not really killed it to make sure I am fit enough to get down the runaway - once there, I know I can jump, that's not the problem.
"I have hit only 85 per cent of my potential so far. I jumped 8 .26m and produced a personal-best straight after an operation, so I know there's more to come."
He had better find it fast. With Dave Collins, perform-ance director of UK Athletics, making public statements about getting tough on under-performing athletes, Morgan knows he has to find a silver, gold or even bronze-lining to this year's cloud.
Earlier this season, despite a poor campaign last summer, Collins declared that he was retaining Morgan in his Elite group - which attracts the most funding, on the basis of his potential. He may not be so generous unless the Leicester-born jumper can bring home something tangible from Sweden.
Morgan is aware of the pressure but not consumed by it. "The way things are with the Lottery, it is all down to performing at major championships," he says.
"You can go out there and jump 8.30m or 8.40m in mid-season but, if you are not getting the medals in the major events, then it's not going to do you any good. You can still get bumped off.
"My understanding is that distances do not really matter, the thing that's important is getting medals."
And, given the fact that he, Tomlinson and Morgan are all virtually guaranteed to make the team for Gothenburg, the other two will be going for national glory this weekend while, for Morgan, these championships are all about a bigger picture.