Rovers defender Darragh Lenihan couldn't hide his delight at jumping over the final hurdle as he played the full 90 minutes for the Under-23s on Friday night.
It's been a long and winding road for the Irishman this term, who hasn't played for the Rovers first team since the opening day of the season at Southend United.
But after playing for 65 minutes at Fulham last week and following that up with the full game in the win against Reading on Friday evening, Darragh feels fit and ready to make an impact on first team matters.
“It felt very good and the win felt even better, especially after the frustrating time I’ve had in the last five or six months," the 23-year-old said after the game at the Lancashire FA HQ in Leyland.
“I really enjoyed it and to get through it was the main thing for me. I haven’t felt any pain or twinges and feel fit and ready to play. I think the plan is to move onto the first team now.
“Tonight was the final hurdle in a way. I had to get through 60 minutes at Fulham and the full 90 minutes tonight."
And Lenihan is already looking at the first team fixture list and is chomping at the bit to be back wearing the number 26 sooner rather than later.
“I can’t wait to get back involved. I imagine I could be involved in some way for the trip to Portsmouth, but first we have an important game to get through against Oldham and I'll be cheering on the lads," he added.
“I’m back and I’m an option for the manager for the remainder of the season. It’s the manager’s decision whether he wants to put me in or not."
“The other teams are doing well around us but I feel the squad we have we are capable of promotion. I feel we have one of the strongest squads in this league."