England and Northampton Saints prop Alex Corbisiero has revealed his delight at being part of the British and Irish Lions success.
A miserable season, during which London Irish boss Brian Smith claimed the prop had a "degenerative" knee problem, was redeemed by starting the first and third Tests for the Lions in Australia.
Now looking ahead to the new season with his new club, Northampton Saints, Corbisiero is able to look back on his experience in Australia with a smile on his face.
"I went from just being happy to be healthy and back playing, getting ready for a Test in Argentina, when all of a sudden I face a massive journey to Australia and I'm in the middle of a Lions tour," said Corbisiero.
"There was an opportunity there and I tried to make the most of it. Playing in those Tests was incredible. The experience is very hard to describe, it was incredible.
"I underestimated how special a Lions tour is, so to experience it first hand was incredible.
"Being in the same dressing room with Paul O'Connell, Brian O'Driscoll and Sam Warburton - the last three Lions captains in one team - is something I'll always remember.
"The last Test was incredible - the emotion, relief and euphoria of winning was very special.
"I was very happy with my all-round game in that final Test, my strength in the set-piece and what I did around the park. It was one of my best performances.
"For someone like Gatland - a man who I respect so much - to say that means a lot and gives me massive confidence for the new season.
"It was great to end such a tough season with that type of achievement. I'm healthy, rested and looking forward to pushing on with Northampton and England."