Gloucester prop Rupert Harden is back after a spell on the sidelines through injury and keen to make an impact this season.
It has been a long road back for Rupert Harden and a rocky start to the Aviva Premiership season hasn't helped but he admits he's just glad to be playing again.
The tighthead spent the latter half of last season recovering from two knee ligament tears in his left knee.
He suffered the setback against Bath in March and had to sit out the remainder of the campaign although he managed to avoid having surgery.
Now he's back but the Cherry and Whites have lost their two opening league games against Sale Sharks and Saracens.
But Harden is desperate to continue his rehabilitation while also helping Gloucester to kick-start their season.
"I tore two ligaments in my left knee last season and it set me back for about six and a half months," he said.
"It's great to be back now but it takes a bit of time and looking after, so I'm not back to my best just yet.
"I've stayed relatively injury free in my career up until that so it was tough, and it takes some adjusting to and it's about having that faith in your own body again.
"I had a great surgeon who advised me not to have surgery, because no one likes to if there's another option.
"I spent some time in a jack while one ligament healed and tried to just get up to speed in the summer.
"It's frustrating sitting on the sidelines, but I'm starting to get some games under my belt now which is good."
The 44-12 loss at Saracens last time out was brought on by the early dismissal of Nick Wood.
But Harden insists playing 79 minutes down to 14 men won't have any ill effects come this Saturday's clash against Northampton Saints.
"The first half was fine to say we played 39 minutes with a man less, to go in at half-time 12-10 up was a solid effort and we were pretty buoyed by that," he added.
"But they scored just after the break and that took the wind out of our sails a bit and we had to try and play some rugby, and to be fair they wore us down."