Newcastle United's returning star Siem De Jong has told the club's official site that he felt good after completing 45 minutes for the side's development side yesterday.
De Jong has been ruled out since August with a thigh complaint, but he is close to making his comeback and the chance to get back on the football pitch was one he enjoyed.
The added bonus was that no ill-effects were felt during his time on the pitch, meaning that his return to the first-team action should not be too far away.
"It was just 45 minutes but it was good," he said. "Hopefully I'll be back playing real games soon and this was a nice start.
"I've been training for a while now and training with the group as well, but this is different. You feel it - when you play 45 minutes, it's really different to heavy training so it's good to be playing."
De Jong scored in the fixture, netting with a tidy finish to help his side to a 3-1 win over Carlisle.
The Dutchman looked a class above the rest of the players on the pitch and his goal is a example of why Newcastle supporters are so excited to see him back in action.
De Jong was one of the club's marquee signings this summer and his prolonged absence has certainly been felt.
Although the Magpies have a decent amount of options in central midfield, none of their available players offer the same sort of characteristics as the technically adept Holland international and his composure in possession should aid the North East outfit's play considerably when he does complete his comeback.