Carlos Edwards made his long-awaited return from injury on Monday afternoon as a Millwall Xl drew 1-1 with AFC Wimbledon in a behind-closed-doors friendly.
Edwards, 36, started the game and played 45 minutes - his first action in a Millwall shirt for just over 10 months.
The right-back has showed remarkable willpower and professionalism to overcome the serious knee injury which he picked up against Nottingham Forest in September 2014 and is enjoying being back around the squad on a regular basis.
"I feel good," a joyful Edwards said.
"It came to the point in pre-season where I had to get my first run out and give the knee a good test.
"It's really good to be back out playing with the guys and trying to get some minutes under my belt.
"We have had to go from step one to step two and progress from there. To get out the treatment room is relief because at the end of the day you can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
"I went to see the surgeon and he was happy for me to start pre-season. I couldn't look back and here I am today."
Alfie Pavey netted Millwall's goal during the friendly.