Corry Evans was delighted to return to action after playing an hour for the Under-21s on Monday evening.
The Northern Ireland international hasn't played since sustaining serious ankle ligament damage whilst on duty for his country back in October.
After four months out the midfielder admits he was a little rusty but was just pleased to get out there on the grass once more.
"Four months out is a long time so to get back out on the pitch is really nice," Evans told Rovers Player. "It makes all the hard work in the gym worthwhile.
"I was a bit rusty, fitness-wise I felt alright, it was just on the ball and getting used to the speed of a match, it is a bit different from training.
"I've been doing a lot of running with the fitness coaches but nothing really compares to the speed of a match. It is better to get that in before you are ready.
"So a couple more games like that and hopefully I'll be ready."
Evans has had a long road to recovery since injuring his ankle in Northern Ireland's final qualifier against Israel, but he can finally see progress.
"It has been tough, when I first did my injury and I didn't think it was that bad," added the midfielder.
"I had a scan and it was worse than expected so mentally it was a bit tough getting my head around that but once I did all the medical team helped me a lot.
"I'm now itching to get back, I'm just delighted that it is over."
Evans is expected to play for the Under-21s next Monday when they take on Aston Villa at Villa Park.