WITH his Stateside spell at a close, Nick Percy will use the launchpad of his return home to pursue a spot in the world’s top six discus throws and the shot at major medals that would bring.

The Scottish record holder will re-enter the domestic fray in today’s Loughborough International, fresh from concluding a highly-successful college stint in Nebraska.

And with the Tokyo Olympics a mere 14 months away, it is now time to square up to the big guns and make some noise, the 24-year-old declared.

“The plan is to do as many competitions as I can. Compete against good people and be as consistent as possible. I’ll do a few meetings, possibly the Grand Prix in Halle, and see what I can get,” he said.

“There is a difference from college in that I need to be able to afford it all. But I still need to keep the enjoyment factor because if I take it too seriously and lose that, there’s no point doing it any more.”

Percy will continue his long-distance relationship with his Icelandic coach Vesteinn Hafsteinsson whose stable includes world and European silver medallist Daniel Stahl.

However after sampling the high life with a senior debut at the 2017 world championships in London, having the freedom to hone skills without the parallel burdens of university will afford opportunity for growth, he added.

“The plus is I can see my coach more now and benefit from that,” he said. “I’m in a nice situation because I now can make the most of that freedom.”

Andy Butchart has also quit the United States in his quest to secure the major medal that has proven elusive thus far.

The 27-year-old from Dunblane has confirmed his split from San Diego-based coach Terrence Mahon, two months after girlfriend Lynsey Sharp also parted company with the American.

Although the Olympic 5000 metres finalist picked up a qualifying mark for this autumn’s world championships with a speedy run in California two weeks ago, he concedes his 10th place at March’s European Indoors in Glasgow forced him into a radical re-think.

“After Glasgow European Indoors I flew back to San Diego with a lot on my mind,” said Butchart, who is set to renew his rivalry with Mo Farah at next week’s Vitality London 10000.

“Not performing in the sport is never what I plan to do – and Glasgow 2019 was a shocker. I spoke to coach and decided that the set-up wasn’t for me.”