Brandon Cooper was delighted after returning to the fold with Swansea City Under-23s on Monday following a five-month injury layoff.
The defender suffered leg and ankle injuries during the 3-1 Premier League 2 victory over Leicester at Landore in March.
The centre-back made his league return against the Foxes at the King Power Stadium this week after putting in some extra work over the summer.
“It was great to be back,” the 18-year-old said. “It meant a lot to be starting and playing with the under-23s once again.
"It has been a tough few months. It was a lengthy spell out, but I feel it had made me stronger.
“I just want to do my best to stay in the team and help the team going forward.”
Despite making his return, Cooper could not help prevent the development side losing their opening Premier League 2 fixture.
Layton Ndukwu’s fifth minute strike was the difference between the two sides with the young Swans unable to find the net.
“It was a disappointing result for us,” he said. “We created some good chances to score from but their keeper made some great saves.
“We are disappointed we did not come away with at least a point but we just have to keep working and pushing.
“The positives are we did not fold. We kept battling and we just have to keep working on that attitude.”
The U23s are next in action on Monday when they host Derby County at Landore (7pm).