Lee Jones is looking to celebrate his new Edinburgh contract by helping Scotland find the finishing touch to their promising but ultimately disappointing start to the RBS 6 Nations campaign.
Scotland face World Cup finalists France on Sunday in their final home match of the tournament without a point to their name so far despite creating several clear-cut chances against England and putting in a strong first-half performance against Wales.
Jones, who signed a new two-year deal with his club on Tuesday, said: "It's definitely a step up. What I have experienced in the last two games, there is not as much space out there and defences are a lot stronger."
He added: "It's more difficult to break down but we have created a number of chances.
"We just need to convert the chances. We have had the possession and the territory, we just need to cross the line.
"If we can fix up those small things, we will definitely compete with the best."
Jones has made huge strides in his second season as a professional, scoring five tries in 16 games, and believes he can quickly push on on the international stage.
The former Selkirk and Scotland Sevens player said: "It's hard to know what to expect going into international rugby. But in the first two games I got a taste of that and hopefully I can look at that and improve and continue to keep playing at a high level.
"It's really exciting for me. This season getting more game time with Edinburgh was my goal to begin with and it has snowballed since then. To be involved with Scotland is great."