Danny Brough, who led Huddersfield to their first league leaders' triumph for 81 years in 2013, wants the Giants to finish lower down the table in Super League XIX.
The inspirational goalkicking half-back, whose personal-best season earned him a string of awards culminating in Man of Steel, has labelled the year a failure after his side suffered back-to-back play-off defeats to miss out on a maiden Grand Final.
Huddersfield also went out of the Challenge Cup at the quarter-final stage and Brough believes there is huge pressure on the club to finally deliver one of the major trophies in 2014.
"I'd like to finish in the play-offs but I probably wouldn't like to win the league leaders' shield because nobody ever wins the Grand Final after that. As long as we finish in the top five, I'd be happy with that."
Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson has strengthened his squad with the addition of pacy Salford winger Jodie Broughton and experienced London Broncos forwards Chris Bailey and Antonio Kaufusi, and Brough is hoping they can make all the difference this season.
Huddersfield will open the new season with a trip to champions Wigan on February 7, a game brought forward by a week because of the Warriors' involvement in the World Club Challenge, and Brough is delighted with his side's tough start.
In addition to being named the prestigious Man of Steel and Rugby League Writers' Association player of the year, Brough was nominated for the Golden Boot, which went to Australia's Johnathan Thurston, but he would swap all the individual accolades for a trip to Old Trafford in October.
Despite the form of his career, Brough was famously snubbed by England coach Steve McNamara and, after helping Scotland reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup, he has no thoughts of reverting to England.
Huddersfield captain, Danny Brough, missed out on the Rugby League International Federation player of the year award to Australia's Sonny Bill Williams.
The award crowns a remarkable first season back in rugby league for Williams, who returned to the sport at the turn of the year after a five-year spell in rugby union and boxing.
Williams and Brough were named in the 2013 international team of the year, a side selected on performances at club and representative level between October 2012 and November 2013.
The team also includes England front rower Sam Burgess, whose younger brother George was named rookie of the year, an award open to players aged 21 or under who made their Test debut during the voting period.
Huddersfield Giants stand off Danny Brough was named Super League Man of Steel last night, and today England coach Steve McNamara named his 24 man squad for the World Cup, which starts later this month.
And making history in his line-up are three of the Burgess brothers. They were born in Dewsbury but are now based in Australia. John Shires reports.