Jonny Lomax is hoping to pull on a Saints' shirt in the early rounds of Super League XXI.
The full back has just returning from seeing a specialist in Ireland as part of his rehabilitation programme and more than happy with the progress he is currently making.
And head coach Keiron Cunningham revealed Lomax had dealt with more than just the heartache of injury during his long lay-off.
Cunningham said: “Everyone knows how fickle rugby league can be and as soon as you are away from the limelight for a split second it's almost as if you are on the trash heap.
“Fans are entitled to their opinion and pay their money to watch but I'm certain Jonny will change a few views when he will be running about on the field, setting up and scoring tries.
“He has been in a dark place during the last two years following a couple of knee constructions, but it doesn't stop people being critical and heartless at his expense by the stuff they have been saying.
“They would soon change their minds if they saw what he has been doing - getting up at 6am to start his training and not finishing until after 5pm.
“He is the ultimate pro and way ahead of anyone I have ever dealt with in terms of professionalism. The boy’s phenomenal and a joy to work with.”
Saints will reassess his level of fitness in a month's time and if everything goes OK he will be back in contention for a first team spot.
“He is light years ahead of where he was when he returned last time.”
Lomax last featured in a first team against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats last March.