Tohu Harris has never experienced anything quite like this current season.
For the first time ever Harris was forced to watch on from the sidelines as Melbourne began their campaign.
It was nine weeks of unchartered waters for the 25-year-old but pulling the purple jersey back on last Saturday night brought a smile to his face.
“It was a nice moment. I had missed doing that, running out with the boys and playing in those games,” Harris said.
“It was the first time I’d missed an NRL game through injury so to do it for so long it was frustrating and it was hard not being able to prepare for games and being a part of that.
“Towards the middle or end of rehab I came to terms with that so I just wanted to come back in the best shape possible. It was really enjoyable being out there playing with everyone.”
Harris was impressive in his comeback game, playing the full 80 minutes, making 30 tackles and producing a try assist.
It may have been his first game back but it was a typically consistent performance from the rock-solid second rower.
“I felt good which was pleasing,” Harris said.
“It was made easier with a lot of stoppages, a lot of scrums and things like that which makes it a bit easier on the lungs.
“I felt really confident out there so hopefully I can build on that.”