Colchester United winger Brennan Dickenson was a happy man after Thursday night's game against Swansea, as he got his first match action since April after returning from injury.
Brennan played 27 minutes in the 4-3 defeat to the Swans, as he became the latest of our long term injured players to return to the pitch.
He told the club website: "It was great to get some minutes and some fitness into my legs.
"The process of getting to this stage has been very hard work mentally and physically, but you have to overcome that and I have been very lucky with the support I have had from the players and the backroom staff.
"There have been times in the final couple of months where I've just wanted to get out there and playing, but you have to be calm and positive that that opportunity will come."
Recent weeks have seen Kurtis Guthrie and Luke Prosser returning to action and Brennan is hoping he will join them very soon.
"There are a couple more U23s games coming up and I am looking to play 45 and then 70 minutes to get fitness and the aim is to be back in February.
"There will be 15 games to play and that will be great for me having missed the season so far."