Republic of Ireland midfielder Steven Reid is delighted to have put his injury nightmares behind him.
The Blackburn Rovers player notched only his second international appearance in two years when he featured in the Republic's 2010 World Cup qualifying victory over Georgia on Saturday.
And having confirmed his return to full fitness, Reid is relishing the opportunity to play the holding midfield role alongside Glenn Whelan in Giovanni Trapattoni's side.
Reid played in the recent friendly with Norway and he is now hoping to continue his run in the Republic team.
"I'm delighted. To be out of the squad so long with injury, I am delighted to be back in the fold," said Reid.
"It's a pretty new role in the side and I am seeing plenty of the ball, which I am enjoying.
"I am enjoying playing alongside Glenn in there - he has been brilliant - so I am really enjoying it.
"It is a bit of an Italian way, maybe. He (Trapattoni) likes us two to sit in there and keep the ball."