Former Chiefs full-back Marty Mckenzie had his first run for the Crusaders when they faced the Highlanders on Thursday.
The 24-year-old, who also plays at fly-half, made his comeback during the Crusaders' 19-19 draw at Fred Booth Park at Waimumu after being sidelined with a hip injury during last year's National Provincial Championship.
"I'm happy to be on the field at the moment," McKenzie told Stuff.
"Coming back from the hip injury it is good to be back out there and running around pretty freely which is awesome."
McKenzie, who previously had stints with the Blues and the Chiefs, will provide cover at 10 for the Crusaders, in the absence of Colin Slade and Daniel Carter.
"I'm really enjoying my time [at the Crusaders]," he added.
"It is an awesome environment, heaps of fresh new faces there which is cool.
"The team is going really well at the moment, we've got a tight knit group so I'm enjoying every minute of it."