Kieran Foran marked his return from a difficult 10 months out with a try in New Zealand Warriors' 28-22 win against Gold Coast Titans, and he reflected on time lost.
Former Parramatta Eels captain Foran left the club last July amid reports of serious personal issues, with the NRL only granting him final clearance to return with the Warriors in March following a psychological assessment.
After missing out on a debut one week prior against St George Illawarra Dragons due to a late hamstring issue, Foran was back on the pitch with his new team on Saturday.
He produced a strong display as the Warriors came from behind to defeat the Titans, with the five-eighth's second-half try giving him pause for thought.
"I was excited, it was mixed emotions for me. I was really happy, but I was able to reflect a little bit after that try," Foran is quoted as saying by Stuff.co.nz.
"Just take in something that I've really missed, that great feeling when you're able to cross the line and do something like that.
"I was able to take it in and then focus on the rest of the game."
Having made his comeback, Foran hopes attention on his previous off-field issues subsides so he can focus on rugby league.
He said: "There's been a lot of external stuff going on, but now I can focus on the footy and try to get back to my best and be with the lads each week.
"It's been a tough road, a long time, I've had a lot going on and now I'm back doing something I love, being around the club, around the boys and fighting for the win each week.
"That's something I've loved doing since I was a kid and I'm looking forward to doing that this year."
Next up for Foran and the Warriors is an encounter with his former side Parramatta at Mt Smart Stadium.