Down's Benny Coulter has revealed that this year's Allian Football League campaign is only a secondary concern to him and his team-mates.
The Mayobridge clubman believes that his side have placed too much focus on the league in past years, which may been to the detriment of their Championship performances.
"I suppose over this last couple of years we have maybe focussed too much on staying in Division One instead of getting our systems ready and getting ourselves ready for the Championship," he told the Belfast Telegraph.
Coulter believes that Down should only view this season's league campaign as preparation for the Championship, even if that means they lose their Division One status.
"If it took being relegated, so be it as long as we are ready for the Championship and we knew our gameplan, knew what everybody was doing instead of going out getting two points here and there, saying we stayed in division one but we haven't got a system in place."
"We could go and win the National League this year and nobody would remember it but if you go on and do well in the All-Ireland, people would definitely remember it," Coulter added.
“I haven't spoken to James [McCartan] about it — he probably feels different about it, but the league isn't the be-all and end-all of things."