Leeds' Danny McGuire thought his campaign was over when he picked up a horrific injury- but he is now on the comeback trail.
The half-back suffered a broken leg and ruptured ligaments during an in-game collision with Hull player Liam Watts earlier this summer and feared he would miss the rest of Leeds' Super League title defence.
However, after a substantial rehabilitation programme, 30-year-old McGuire is targeting a return to Rhinos colours before the season is done and dusted.
"I made a bit of a mess but that comes with the territory in the game that we play," the Leeds-born star told Boots' n' All's Angela Powers at his testimonial golf day.
"The rehab has gone well and I'm working as hard as possible to get back involved for the games at the end of the season, do my job and do what I love doing - playing rugby league at the weekend.
"I'm looking forward to when that comes around."
Wakefield second-row Danny Kirmond - hear more from him by hitting this link - teed off at McGuire's golfing shindig, and so did the Rhinos man's best friend and former team-mate, Richie Mathers.
Mathers believes McGuire has shown real guts to fight his way back to fitness and thinks his return will be a timely boost, not just for Leeds but also for England, ahead of this autumn's World Cup on home soil.
"Danny was playing really well before he got injured but because it was an awful injury I think some people had written him off," said McGuire, who now plays alongside Kirmond at play-off chasing Wakefield.
"But it is testament to how hard he works and the great staff they've got at Leeds that he may be back in time for the end of the season and the World Cup."