Manchester United striker Michael Owen is happy with his fitness as he prepares for the season ahead.
The hot-shot has been out since suffering a hamstring injury in the Carling Cup final on 28th February.
But he showed no ill-effects from his prolonged spell on the sidelines when he started and scored in the 7-1 victory over an Airtricity League XI in Dublin on Wednesday.
The striker now cannot wait for the new season to get started, believing his fitness is good for the challenges ahead.
Owen told Sky Sports News: "It was nice to be back, I'd been working hard over the summer and it was nice to hit the ground running again."
While admitting it was hard to judge if he was 100 per cent fit, Owen is happy with his overall level of fitness.
He added: "It was my first game back but I've trained a lot, I suppose I could have travelled for part of the (pre-season) American trip but a long-haul flight and a lot of travelling, probably wasn't conducive to making my first start back from quite a long time on the sidelines.
"I've been fit for quite a while and training but there's nothing like a game."
While agreeing he is always pleased to score, Owen insisted he was more focused on his overall fitness.
"I'm more interested in my overall performance, my overall fitness, my sharpness and that was the pleasing thing tonight ahead of my goal," he said.
Meanwhile, Owen has admitted he is coming round to the idea of a career in management after appearing to rule out the possibility a few years ago.
The 30-year-old told www.thefa.com: "Until three or four years ago I was still thinking about whether I should stay in the game, through management or media.
"At that point I would probably have said no chance. Now it is almost a case of 'why not'.
"We will have to see whether I will have a shot at it."
The striker admitted he is learning from working with Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, adding it is also "ticking a box" in his playing career.
"When he says something I think what is he trying to do with that. I look at how he motivates his players. The management side of it is definitely starting to intrigue me," said Owen
"To have not played under one of the most successful managers of our time would have left a little gap.
"If I do end up managing I don't have to look any further than what Sir Alex's team-talks are like."