Bradford Bulls centre Adrian Purtell made his Super League return at the weekend, just ten months after suffering a heart attack.
The 28-year-old Australian played 55 minutes in the 34-12 victory over Hull KR, as Francis Cummins’ side moved up to third in the table after seven matches.
Purtell’s return was another major boost in a season of positives for the Bulls thus far, and the player was absolutely delighted to be back on the field so soon after the incident – which took place on the M62 as the team bus drove home from the ‘Magic Weekend’ in Manchester.
"There were times when it felt like I might never get back. It was awesome... I've always had this goal to get back playing," he said after the victory at Odsal, according to BBC Sport.
"I'm now glad we've got this game out of the way so we can focus on Bradford as a team, as we are playing really well at the moment. I think it's more relief to have played. I'm very happy to get that amount of minutes in my first game.
"We can now put my misfortune 10 months ago behind us. I felt fine - the coaching staff have got me in really good shape - although the contact I've only been doing this week so that was a bit out."
Bradford’s win over Hull KR was the final action of the weekend in the Super League, with Huddersfield continuing their great start to the season on Saturday with a 24-10 win over Hull.
Second-placed Wigan lost 18-14 to Leeds Rhinos at Headingley on Friday night, whilst Warrington smashed Salford City Reds and St Helens thumped Wakefield on the same evening.
Catalan Giants were convincing victors against Widnes Vikings, whilst the London Broncos earned a hard-fought win at Castleford in the other fixtures.