Stewart Boswell returns to the Edgbaston Priory line-up tonight after an enforced absence of more than a year that saw him plummet from No 4 in the world rankings to 301.
His return to the team could not be more timely with Priory facing defending champions Wolverhampton on their own courts in the revamped Premier Squash League.
Boswell, who underwent surgery to heal a serious back injury, did not strike a ball in anger throughout 2004 but, since his return in January this year, he has won eight tournaments and climbed back to 29th on the world list.
His most recent triumph came last week when Boswell beat compatriot Cameron Pilley in the final of the Berkshire Open Squash Championship at Williams College in Williamstown, USA.
Tonight his rehabilitation should be further enhanced against former Priory player Scott Handley the world No 69. It will be unusual to be playing at fourth string for Boswell, who, when playing at first or second string maintained a run of 23 unbeaten matches for Priory. He might wish for tougher opposition as an indicator of his progress prior to the British Open which starts in Manchester next week.
Boswell will be the third Australian on show at Wolverhampton. Priory's top player, David Palmer, faces Anthony Ricketts. It will be an intriguing match with the New South Wales world No 3 certain to be tested by Brisbane-born Ricketts, three places beneath him on the world ladder.
Adrian Grant, who has slipped from 14 to 19 in this month's rankings, takes on Shahid Zaman, the Pakistan world No 16. It could be a key pairing for either team as could that of Peter Barker, the world No 21 who faces Alex Gough, of Wales.
Gough, the world No 27 is a veteran campaigner in the leagues and his slip down the world rankings does not adequately reflect his value to Wolverhampton.
With Priory's Vicky Botwright unlikely to be troubled by Dominique Lloyd-Walter, a replacement for Shelley Kitchen, the second and third rubbers will be crucial for a match that could swing either way.
Botwright will be buoyed for her Priory debut after beating Rebecca Chiu, of Hong Kong, 9-1, 9-0, 9-4 in the final of the Women's Traders United Yokohama Squash Open in Japan at the weekend.