Joe Rodon has spoken of his excitement at getting back out on the field for Swansea City after making his first appearance in two-and-a-half months against Middlesbrough.
The 21-year-old had been sidelined since mid-January after breaking a metatarsal against Sheffield United.
After putting in the hard work on his rehab he was able to make his comeback off the bench in the 3-1 victory over Boro, replacing Mike van der Hoorn with 11 minutes remaining.
And he admitted getting the call to make his Liberty return had the hairs on the back of his neck standing on end.
"It’s great to be back. When I look back, it’s been a long, tough journey but to win in front of the home crowd – I couldn’t have asked for any more," he said.
"I got shivers again when I was about to come on. It was amazing to be back in front of our crowd.
"To be fair, the game went perfect for me to come on for the last 10 minutes. To see it out, win the game and get the three points is a dream come true."
Rodon will hope to be back in the starting line-up soon, although the form of Van der Hoorn and Cameron Carter-Vickers means he may have to be patient with Stoke due at the Liberty on Tuesday night.
But the centre-half hopes to get as much game time as possible between now and the end of his maiden senior campaign for the Swans.
"It’s just about building up minutes. Coming back here gives me even more confidence to be confident and ease myself back in," he added.
"Hopefully, I can build it up as the games pass and get 90 minutes under my belt as soon as possible. I want to play as many games as I can before the end of the season."