Recent recruit Jack Rodwell was beaming after marking his return to football earlier this week as he appeared for the Development Squad against Arsenal Under-23s at Ewood Park.
The England international arrived at the end of last month, but admitted upon signing that he would be playing catch up with the rest of the squad in terms of fitness.
Fast forward a few weeks and the former Everton and Manchester City player is getting closer to a first team debut and looks at the draw with Arsenal as the first rung on the ladder.
So how did it feel to be back involved in a match situation?
“It felt really good. When the manager asked me to play in the game I was really excited and it was great to get 90 minutes under my belt and get out there," Rodwell said to iFollow Rovers.
“The plan was to play the full game but the manager just told me to see how I felt. Overall it felt really good to be playing again.
“I know I have to be patient. I didn’t play much last season so it was always going to take time. I am feeling better every day and it was a big step to play 90 minutes."
The 27-year-old is hoping that appearance for Rovers is the first of many to come.
He's fit and firing and admits now it's all about continuing to build up and getting more minutes under his belt to give Tony Mowbray a selection headache in the near future.
“I can train every day, but it’s about match fitness now for me and I’m hoping to keep the game time coming over the next few weeks.
“Just getting the feel of being out there, in a team, getting over the white line, it was really enjoyable to play in."