It has been more than three years since Billy Slater last wore the Australian jersey.
Since then he has been through the rugby league equivalent to hell and back.
The ironic thing is that Slater is now set to again pull on the Green and Gold at one of the highest points in his career.
Slater was named in the Australian side along with six other Storm teammates for the upcoming Rugby League World Cup.
It capped off a week in which he was also awarded the Clive Churchill medal and named Dally M Fullback of the Year.
The last two years of torment are now behind him as the superstar looks ahead to his international return.
“"I've played one game for Australia since winning the World Cup so to get back to where I am and be selected in that squad is great," Slater said.
"I love playing for Australia, you stand there and sing the national anthem and think about all the people that you're representing so it's very exciting.
"To open the World Cup down here in Melbourne will be great.”
Australian open their World Cup campaign on October 27 against England at AAMI Park.