Sia Soliola is desperate to win his fitness battle ahead of Saturday's Carnegie Challenge Cup semi-final after sitting out the entire competition in his first season at St Helens.
The former New Zealand international made just six Super League appearances in 2010 due to a series of ankle and knee injuries and 12 months ago was a frustrated spectator as Saints lost out to Leeds at the semi-final stage of the Cup but he must prove his fitness for Saturday's clash with Wigan after tearing a quad muscle in his side's 54-6 quarter-final win over Hull KR.
"It's coming all right," said Soliola. "I've got to do a few more fitness tests to check it out. I don't want to miss out, especially after last year. I'm pretty pumped for this game."
He added: "I started watching the Challenge Cup as a few of my mates came over to the UK and I remember Leon Pryce scoring a try in the 2008 final and dancing around the pitch.
"I remember seeing the atmosphere. It just looked crazy. You could see how it much it meant to the fans as well as the players.
"It would be nice to get to Wembley but that's not in our thoughts at the moment. We can't take the focus away from Wigan because they're going to be a tough task and we've got to really concentrate this week."
Soliola made his comeback in time to play in last October's Grand Final, in which Saints suffered a 22-10 defeat to Wigan, and he has also been on the receiving end this year against the Warriors, who have won two and drawn one of their three Super League meetings.
"Wigan do all the little things right," he said. "Their halves and their back five are strong, George Carmont and Pat Richards have a great combination, and then there's Sam Tomkins out the back.
"On top of all that, their forwards have been doing their thing. They've got good direction but, if we can stop their momentum, then we've got a chance.
"Their pack's effectiveness frees up the space for Richards and Tomkins, but if we can do our jobs as forwards, apply ourselves and come with the right attitude, then we'll be sweet."