Stuttgart goalkeeper Mitch Langerak has expressed his delight at finally making his long-awaited debut for the German club on Wednesday.
The Australia international ended a five-year association with BVB Dortmund in the off-season when he made the switch to their Bundesliga rivals.
However, a thigh injury sustained during pre-season, coupled with surgery a couple of months later to remove a cyst on his knee meant that Langerak spent much of the campaign watching from the sidelines.
But his frustrating wait came to an end in midweek when he featured in the DFB-Pokal clash with Dortmund and impressed against his former employers, despite conceding three goals in a 3-1 defeat.
"It was a wonderful feeling to finally be on the pitch here at the Mercedes-Benz Arena after nine months out," Langerak told the club's official website.
"I would naturally have liked to leave the field of play as the winner against my former club. We put on a great performance, particularly in the second half, but we were unfortunately unable to turn things around."