THERE is no bad time for international recognition, but Jonny May admits his England Saxons hiatus stopped him in his tracks.
The Kingsholm speed king relished being back in the England fold in the last fortnight.
But he also concedes it cut off his Kingsholm confidence mission – just when he felt he was making headway.
May plundered two tries in Gloucester's 36-16 Kingsholm victory over Mont de Marsan on January 19, his first scores of the season.
The 22-year-old grabbed those scores in his second game back after frustrating knee ligament trouble.
The Swindon-born flyer missed the best part of four months with that niggling strain, but is now preparing to hit top form at the business end of the season.
Pitched into England Saxons action after just two games back, May turned out in the 13-9 defeat to Scotland A at Newcastle's Kingston Park.
May loved his return to England action but admitted his big challenge now is to boost his confidence.
He said: "I was delighted to make the set-up after being injured for so long.
"You can learn a lot even training in that environment, because everything is huge pressure – every little thing is being judged and assessed.
"It makes you step up your game and the quality of player does too.
"I've just got to learn to get a little more confident in things.
"I still need a few more games to get up to top speed though.
"I feel good, fitness and speed-wise, but I just need to get that confidence back.
"I felt as though I was just regaining it with the club when I was chucked in at the next level.
"So as I gain in matches and time, hopefully I'll gain in confidence."
Keen to nail down the left wing spot, May tipped Gloucester for victory at Northampton Saints tomorrow (kick-off 12.30pm).
He continued: "I probably prefer the left wing, just because off Freddie Burns' left hand he's always chipping and chasing it!
"And he's got a lovely right-hand pass so he spins it out a bit more.
"Most kickers are right-footed as well, so you probably get a little bit more ball.
"The left wing is the position I'm focusing on, so hopefully I can get some time there now.
"I haven't actually played that much on the wing.
"Two years ago I was predominantly a centre and last year full-back.
"I just want to make that position my own and specialise in it now.
"Fourth is completely up for grabs.
"We're going to need to win on the road at least once, and we've got to win our home game too.
"We go up to Northampton with total belief that we can get the win we need.
"We'll see what happens, but if we get our detail right then we'll be in with a real chance."