Scott Dureau told Boots 'n' All it is 'fantastic' to be back playing for Catalan Dragons following his recovery from a brain tumour.
The Australian halfback was diagnosed in September after complaining of blurry vision. However, surgery was successful and, after eight weeks of training, he was selected to make his comeback in the club's Magic Weekend clash with London Broncos.
Dureau showed he is back to full fitness by running in a try and producing a man-of-the-match winning performance to help the Dragons to a 46-18 win - and now he's eager to help the club enjoy a successful second half to the season.
"It's been a long five months," he said.
"It's nice to be back around the boys and in with the team again. It's fantastic. I feel great physically and, now it's behind us, hopefully we can move on and make a good fist of the year."
However, Dureau revealed he was extremely concerned after finding out about the tumour and described the period of time in which he was uncertain how he would recover as 'horrifying'.
"I went home at Christmas time and was having headaches," he explained.
"I thought I needed glasses so I went to the doctors. They sent me for a scan and they found a brain tumour.
"It was pretty horrifying at the time. It was three or four days between when I found out and when I had surgery, which is brilliant, really. That's very quick. But I didn't sleep too much in those days. It was a scary time.
"I had so much support behind me and without that I wouldn't have been able to do it, so I want to thank everyone who was there for me."
Dureau admits he found it difficult to sit on the sidelines during the first part of the season but, now he's back, he says he is determined to help the Dragons push on.
"The most frustrating thing was sitting watching training and [matches]. I wanted to be out there with the boys, doing what I can. That was the hardest part," he said.
"But it's behind us now and I'm back into it. Hopefully we can win our next two, have a little break when the England v Exiles game is on and then come back and finish the season strong."