Louis Thompson could not hide his delight at making his return to action in Norwich City’s pre-season friendly against Lincoln City.
The City midfielder has endured a turbulent 18 months with two long-term injury setbacks, but he played 45 minutes at Sincil Bank and managed to get his name on the scoresheet as well.
Speaking to the press post-match, Thompson said: “Just playing was significant for me. Believe me when I say it’s been a long journey, mentally as well as physically.
“That was the cream on the cake for me really, just to be out there playing with the boys again.
“Even walking into the changing room with the music playing, I’ve missed that feeling. I’m delighted to be back and now I can push on.
“You get a buzz out of it. Your adrenaline starts and I haven’t had that feeling for a long time. When you’re on the sidelines, it’s the biggest thing you miss.
“You can immerse yourself as much as you want with the boys but you miss out on that feeling.
“Coming in here today, I felt a bit emotional. As the goal went in, that was amazing for me. I have a lot to be thankful for and hopefully now I can kick on and put my injuries behind me.”
Speaking in more detail on his goal, Thompson added: “I thought I had pushed it too wide to be honest.
“I was expecting a little bit of contact and I was thinking I could have won a penalty but the keeper pulled his arms away and I just went for it.
“I’ll take them all day!”