PKNS FC striker Mohd Zamri Hasan is facing the consequences of finishing as the Premier League's top scorer in their 2009 campaign, with teams having earmarked him as a threat.
He found the back of the net 20 times in 2009, but in the recently concluded campaign, Zamri only netted 11 goals.
He did miss five games due to injury but he does not feel that was the reason for his lower conversion rate.
"It was harder last season because I was getting more attention from defenders. Every time I got the ball within shooting range, I see several defenders around me.
"I need to put in more effort in training to improve, mainly in finishing," said Zamri.
The 30-year-old admits he has a lot to improve if he were to make a mark in the Super League next season but for now, he has set his sights on the club's Malaysia Cup campaign.
"We have been only training for two week since returning from Mecca. We have been rusty in our friendly matches but there are signs that the team is back to its best," he added.
"Players are fighting for places in the starting line-up and that it is good sign."
PKNS paid for all their Muslim players to perform their Umrah as a reward for winning the Premier League and subsequently gaining promotion into the Super League.
The team overcame Armed Forces 4-0 and KL 1-0 but was on the receiving end of a 2-0 loss to T-Team in their friendly matches over the last couple of weeks.
The Premier League champions have been drawn in Group B with FA Cup winners and Super League runners-up Terengganu, Negri Sembilan and Premier League side Sime Darby.
"We must win both games against Sime Darby and hope to get points off Terengganu and Negri Sembilan. Only then will we have a chance of progressing into the knock-out round," said Zamri.