Jessica Ennis-Hill is targeting a return to action in 2015, but insists British heptathlon is in a good place without her.
Ennis-Hill has not competed since last year after announcing she is pregnant at the beginning of 2014, but thinks her fellow Brit's are performing well, reports Athletics Weekly.
The 28-year-old is expected to give birth in July, meaning she will miss the Commonwealth Games and European Championships, but insists younger athletes Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Morgan Lake can step up to the mantle.
"It's great to see Kat and Morgan performing so well and having a great season," she said, not long after Lake, 17, had cleared a UK junior high jump record height of 1.93m, just 3cm below Johnson-Thompson's British record.
"It definitely makes me want to get back out there and see what I'm capable of doing once I've had the baby.
"For me and my coach Rio is the main focus, but I do want to get back into some competitive action next summer."
She may not come back and immediately be British number one again, though. As well as Lake's continued improvement, Johnson-Thompson has been steadily bettering herself. As well as her British high jump record from February, the 21-year-old also won silver in the long jump at the World Indoors in Poland in March.
Ennis-Hill is certainly the more senior of the trio, but she is happy to share a joke about it: "We're all at different stages of our careers and that's good to see in our sport," she said. "Hopefully I've got a few years left in me yet!"
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