Chiefs and All Black scrum-half Tawera Kerr-Barlow continued his return from injury with a second-half run out for club side Hautapu on Saturday.
The gritty number nine is in the final stages of recovery from a torn hamstring from the bone and ruptured anterior cruciate and lateral ligaments in his knee.
And in a positive step forward for the recently named All Black squad member, the fifteen-cap international enjoyed a hit-out for Hautapu against Morrinsville Sports, with assistant coach Wayne Smith watching on along with his surgeon.
"I didn't get off the couch for a month and then slowly I was able to do upper body weights and the progressions were really slow from there," Kerr-Barlow told stuff.co.nz, with the back sufferring the horrific injury on October 17, 2014.
"I remember I was running for a minute and then two minutes and that was really difficult, but everyone's been incredibly supportive in the community and hopefully I'll play again next week and we'll see what happens after that."
He added: "So to go from there to here in a year is just incredible and it's incredible to be playing footy again."
"I really enjoyed being out there with my club, where it all started, so it was good to go back to the beginning and trot out there with the boys.
"We've got to have a look at how I come off the progressions and have a look at how my knee pulls up tomorrow, but it got whacked about a fair bit and in a couple of tackles it got bent up a bit so it was good to get it tested."
Kerr-Barlow admitted he was thrilled to be back and enjoyed the pre-game.
"I was really excited and woke up early this morning and couldn't go back to sleep," he said.
"So it was great to get out there with the boys and our forward pack made a good fist of it today so I got to get in there and have some quick ball to set the backs off.
"I just loved being out there as it's been a long while."