Saints prop Kyle Amor has told of his delight at returning to the fold after suffering a serious knee injury in the Challenge Cup clash against Leeds earlier this year.
But the 27-year-old admits that - while physically back to his peak - he needs game time to feel 100 per cent sharp.
He said: “I’m loving every minute of being back among the lads and back out on the field. It’s been a frustrating time - even though I managed to get back a week early.
“It was hard watching on from the sidelines. It’s not something I’ve really ever had to do. All my previous injuries have all been sorted out during the off season. I’ve not missed many games before.
“I didn’t initially think the injury was that serious but, the day after, the medics seemed to think I might need an operation. Luckily the specialists I saw confirmed that I didn’t need an op - otherwise I might have been out for the season.
“Obviously there’s not many games left of the regular season now so I need to hit top form sooner rather than later.”
Amor, who dabbled with a spot of radio commentary while working his way back from injury, added: “There’s no better feeling than being 100 per cent match fit, but getting there takes a fair bit of work. I’ll keep working hard every day.
“Strength wise and fitness wise I’m there - it’s just the little minor details of your practice and timings that still have to come. It’s more fine tuning than anything but some things you can only get from playing in the games.
“At this end of the season those little one per cent improvements can make all the difference. I’ve not done anything wrong in my first two games back but I know there’s more I could be doing to help the lads around me.”