Hull winger Robert Snodgrass did not know when he would play again at the start of the season but can end it at Wembley in style this evening against Sheffield Wednesday in the Sky Bet Championship play-off final.
Snodgrass endured every player's worst nightmare after a dislocated knee cap sustained on his league debut for Hull at the start of the 2014/15 season kept him sidelined for 15 months.
It was a long road back for the 28-year-old Scot, who finally forced his way back into the Tigers' starting line-up at the turn of the year, and he is determined to repay the club by helping them bounce straight back to the Premier League.
"When you first come back after missing the first half of the season, you need to come back into the team, but come back in at a level and these guys were brilliant with me," Snodgrass said with a nod to team-mate Curtis Davies, sat next to him at a KC Stadium press conference.
"They helped me along the way and nudged me in and weren't going in with hard tackles in training. It was good but they also gave me the confidence to go back in there. The rest was up to me to try and show what I could do and I'm back in the team and going to Wembley."
Hull were top of the table in February, but faltered with just two wins in 10 league games heading into April.
"We missed the first opportunity obviously with automatic (promotion). We can't let the second chance pass us by," Snodgrass added.