Coming up to exactly two years since his last league appearance, Jordan Obita graced the grass of Madejski Stadium again - and his ambition is to do that same regularly this season.
The left-back featured in the Royals starting XI, much to the delight of the fans as well as his family and friends. The 2-1 loss to Blackburn was a bittersweet moment with the return of the defender who came through the ranks of the Academy, getting 90-minutes under his belt.
The relief of being back and the reward of the hard work put in behind the scenes was clear to see. The 25-year old reflected on this after the game.
"It felt really good," he said. "It was great to be back finally. The hard work I have done off the pitch to get here, it's a nice touch for me.
"I want to try and build on my performances and fitness. Hopefully, I will keep impressing the manager in training and in games.
"There is competition for places everywhere you go, it keeps everyone on their toes. And that's what I want, I don't want it easy. I want some tough competition to make me play the best I can."
The return itself was a family moment, as Jordan walked out with his son, Noah. The never-ending support shown by fans was evident, with Madejski echoing chants and cheers for the man himself throughout the game.
"The fans have been behind me from the start," he continued. "I have had a lot of downs and they still were behind me. This is me trying to get back on the pitch, show them that I still have what I had before. It's nice of them to always believe in me and to cheer my name."