Jack Logan said he was delighted to return to the playing field in yesterday’s reserves victory over St Helens.
Logan tore his ACL last June and has missed a year’s worth of action, but returned in yesterday’s 36-30 victory.
The under-23’s extended their unbeaten run to five and dealt Saints their first defeat of the season.
“It was such a good feeling to get back out there after waiting 12 months for a game,” he said.
“I didn’t feel the knee at all, it felt really good. It was more a case of my lungs aching!
“It was nice to play 65 minutes, as well. Now I want to set myself a goal of playing 75 minutes in the next game, and maybe play a whole match in the coming weeks.”
The former England Academy outside back played on the wing against Saints, as opposed to his more customary position of centre.
“We’ve got a lot of playmakers at under 23s and first team, so playing on the wing is actually quite good.”
Logan has scored nine tries in his Hull FC first team career, and will look to increase that tally when he returns to Lee Radford’s squad.
However, the 21-year-old admitted that he is happy to return to match fitness under Richard Horne’s stewardship, whilst deputising out wide.
“I enjoy playing as a winger sometimes, especially when I have a good centre playing inside me,” he said.
“We’ve got a lot of playmakers at under 23s and first team, so playing on the wing is actually quite good.
“Making metres out wide is always good for my fitness, too, and it will help me get back to tip top shape.”
Logan also paid tribute to the back-room staff and supporters, who have helped build his confidence during the time he has spent on the sidelines.
The club doctors have had full diaries of late, with many first team stars requiring treatment for their respective injuries.
But Logan says he is thankful for the delicate and important work that Rhys Griffiths and conditioners Adam Whitney and Paul Hatton have done.
“The conditioning staff, like Hatto and Whitney, have helped me get back up to fitness and now it’s up to me to work on my game fitness.”
“Rhys [Griffiths] has been brilliant, too. Without him, I could have been out for much longer.
“The fans deserve credit too. They’ve stuck by me, sent me nice get-well messages and generally been so nice.”