Smith eyeing up return to pre-break form with PyeongChang on the horizon
Kyle Smith knows his rink's pre-Christmas form must return if they are to taste Winter Olympic Games success as the path to PyeongChang gets ever closer.
Smith has already been confirmed as Team GB's curling skip for next month's Games, with this week seeing his rink come up against a plethora of those expected to challenge for top honours in South Korea.
They'll do so in the familiar surroundings of the Perth Masters – with the squad largely hailing from Perthshire – keen to build on the form that saw them end 2017 in style.
Glen Muirhead, Cammy Smith, Kyle Smith, Kyle Waddell and Thomas MuirheadGetty Images
That included silver at the European Championships for the team ranked ninth in the world, form Smith knows will need to be built on with less than five weeks until the Games get underway.
"It will be good to get going again after time off for Christmas and the new year to recharge the batteries," he said.
"We are hoping to find some of the form we had in our last two competitions of 2017 at the Europeans and the Karuizawa International where we performed and worked well together.
"We can't wait to get started at Perth. It's a rink the team all thoroughly enjoy playing in, and one of the best events in Europe to compete in.
"Paul [Martin, the venue's ice-maker] always makes a good job of the ice, so we know what to expect when we start."