Glasgow Warriors and Scotland winger Sean Maitland is relishing the chance to get a full pre-season under his belt ahead of 2015.
Admitting to a dip in form following his lack of preparation before last season after touring with the British and Irish Lions, this year things are different for the 25-year-old finisher.
With next year's Rugby World Cup in England on his mind, Maitland is working to get himself into the right shape ahead of a gruelling schedule.
"I missed a lot of the pre-season last time around because I'd been away with the Lions in Australia," Maitland told The Herald.
"It was a struggle to play catch-up when I did come back.
"This is a really important year ahead for me as it culminates in the Rugby World Cup in England in 2015, and I want to be in absolute peak condition and make sure I get the best out of myself."
Glasgow will kick off their 2014/2015 domestic campaign against Leinster, the side who defeated them in last year's Pro12 Final.
Maitland can scarcely believe that the season is about to kick off again, with Glasgow's two pre-season matches over the next two weeks against Harlequins and London Scottish both being a crucial part of their preparation.
"It is amazing how quickly the off-season has passed by and now we are just weeks away from the Pro12 opener with Leinster," added Maitland.
"We have two friendlies before that with Harlequins first up and then the trip to Richmond to face London Scottish and we want to do as well as we can in these games.
"Sure it's important that as many players get game time as possible, but you also want to build a bit of momentum both in terms of the quality of your performance and the results. That process will start with the Harlequins game on Saturday."