At long last, Rotherham centre Joel Gill has a lot to smile about, seven months after suffering a serious leg injury in March this year.
Happily, Gill, 25, now in his fourth season at the Titans, is back training and expects to be fit enough to resume playing in three weeks.
The stocky back last played at Cornish Pirates way back in March and because of his injury in training, he missed the high point of the 2014-15 season-the promotion play-offs against Bristol.
“I’m now able to run properly and will be taking part in full contact training next week,” he said.
“It’s been really frustrating doing the rehab by yourself and not being with the rest of the lads.
“Having said that James McKinney and Will Ryan have similar injuries, so some of my rehab has been with them.
“Part of my recovery has been in the gym at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield and Josh Fletcher, Rotherham’s fitness conditioner, has worked very hard with me and put together a programme to suit me.
“Now that I’m back training with the squad, the next stage may be to go out on loan for a couple of games to get myself match fit.
“Going to Darlington Mowden Park or Hull Ionians who play in National One is a possibility,” explained Gill.
Since making his Championship debut at London Scottish in September 2012, Gill has appeared in more than 40 games under four different coaches: Andre Bester, Alex Codling, Lee Blackett and now Mark Jones.
Of the current Titans boss, Gill said: “He has a lot of knowledge and experience because he played for Wales, he seems a nice lad and I really like Mark, but I know that when I’m ready to play again, there’ll be a lot of competition for places.
“There are some decent players in my position and one thing that I have noticed is that Mark does give players the opportunity to show what they can do.
“Since I’ve been out injured, I’ve kept in touch by attending all the home games and watching our away games on video.
“This season the Championship is a very tough league and I believe there isn’t much difference between top and bottom.
“I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to playing again,” said Gill who is determined to return to the form he showed that helped Rotherham to finish twice in the top four in the last two seasons.