The Chiefs have received an ideal boost ahead of their potentially season-defining clash with the Rebels in Melbourne this week, with lock and co-captain Brodie Retallick declared fit to play.
Having missed the last eight weeks with an injured wrist, Retallick will return to the Chiefs' starting side this weekend - with the side needing a win at the very least to book their spot in the Super Rugby playoffs.
Speaking to media in Hamilton today, Retallick couldn't contain his excitement at getting to gear up in such a vital match for the Chiefs.
"It's about time, eh?" Retallick joked.
"It's been a long eight weeks, but I'm definitely excited to be out there against the Rebels."
Retallick also opened up on the struggle of being out of action for so long, having to watch the Chiefs' topsy-turvy season unfold from the sideline.
"It was quite tough watching. It was pretty exciting over in Fiji [against the Crusaders] that's for sure, being more of a fan.
"The eight weeks has been kind of good in hindsight, especially around my fitness, my body and stuff like that. I don't think fitness should be an issue thanks to the trainers here. For the last eight weeks I've just been running up and down the sidelines.
"But it has been tough come game time."
Retallick and Sam Cane, who is also on the come-back from a long-term layoff - will co-captain the Chiefs against the Rebels in Melbourne this Friday night.