James Magnussen says he is not contemplating retirement despite pulling out of the Pan Pacs trials with fellow Australian swim star Cam McEvoy.
The Missile won't be firing at the Pan Pacs swimming trials in Adelaide, with James Magnussen pulling out of the five-day meet along with fellow Australian sprint star Cameron McEvoy.
But the former dual world champion insists he's not retiring just yet.
After April's Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Magnussen said he would assess his future with coach Mitch Falvey and admitted hanging up the Speedos was an option ahead of August's Pan Pacs in Tokyo.
However the 27-year-old - who has endured years of shoulder issues - is vowing to swim on despite withdrawing from the trials starting on Saturday night.
"I have decided not to take part in the upcoming Pan Pacs trials, a difficult decision, but one that I believe will benefit me in the long run," Magnussen said in a statement on Friday.
"At the moment I am really excited with some personal development opportunities that currently exist outside the pool and so I will be taking some time away from racing to explore these options and doing so with no deadline or dates on the table.
"Swimming will still play a role in my day to day life as I will continue to train and have no intention of retirement just yet but I want to be able to focus my energy completely on these new interests and give them more time and attention."
Australia will also line up against the might of the United States in Japan without 100m freestyle defending champion McEvoy after he pulled out of the trials.
His priority is finding a new coach after making the shock call to dump mentor of six years Richard Scarce following a disappointing Gold Coast Games.
McEvoy - the fastest man in history over 100m in a textile suit - said it was the best move as he re-evaluated his Tokyo 2020 approach.
"At this stage I will not be trialling for Pan Pacs as I'd like to settle on a program, find progress and put all the processes into action," he said in a statement.
"It will be difficult as the defending champion in the 100m freestyle to watch from home but I have confidence in our Dolphins and want to make sure I make decisions that are going to have positive impacts on my career and my longevity."
Former world champion Bronte Campbell will also skip the trials as she takes a sabbatical to overcome long term fitness concerns before Tokyo 2020.
The five-day meet in Adelaide will still boast Olympic champions Kyle Chalmers and Mack Horton plus Cate Campbell, Emma McKeon, young gun Ariarne Titmus, Mitch Larkin and Emily Seebohm.