Andrew Trimble is looking forward to talking about rugby again and not the toe injury which has kept him sidelined since October.
The Ireland winger had to sit and watch Ireland win the Six Nations, and was powerless to prevent Ulster suffering a heartbreaking semi-final defeat against Glasgow in the Guinness PRO12.
Despite his inactivity Trimble has been included in Joe Schmidt’s extended Ireland World Cup squad.
And the winger admits he is delighted to be involved once again..
“The toe has been grand, really good actually,” he said.
“With just being off my feet for a little while there’s been a few niggles getting back into it.
“With the four weeks off on holiday I was hoping to do a bit more training than I have done, but since I got back in and since I got back on my feet things have gone unbelievably well for me.
“I’m really pleased, the lungs are still struggling just from being off my feet for so long but that will come. I’m running well, back up to a good bit of pace, and I’m really just so pleased to be back in the mix and hopefully fighting for a spot.”
Trimble added: “I’d not quite ever reached the point where I was rushing, or thought I was really tight for time with the way I was never going to be fit for the end of the season. So I wanted to make sure I had that window of four weeks to make sure I was fit for the start of pre-season.
“I always had plenty of time I just had to make sure I use that time wisely and be in as good a position as I can.”
Trimble is hoping to get through pre-season unscathed and feature in Ireland’s World Cup warm-up games.
“I did a week before we started with the team and I did an extra conditioning session last week,” he added.
“The amount of metres covered and the pace and then more or less back doing everything.
“I did everything yesterday with the boys and it was a tough old session. I did pretty much everything on Friday with just one little tweak.
“I didn’t change direction as much, but I’m pretty much there. As long as I don’t have anymore setbacks I’m where I want to be.
“We’re back up with the provinces this week and then down to Galway on Saturday so I’m pretty much on the same schedule as everybody else.”
Meanwhile, Ulster have received a boost ahead of the new season as BT have announced a new four-year sponsorship deal with the club.
BT will continue to be Official Communications Partner to Ulster Rugby until the 2018/19 season and the team will have the BT Sport logo on their shirt for all games.