WHEN Danny Forrest failed to get up from a challenge during Town's 2-2 draw with Burton at the Shay early in October, he would not have dreamed it would take him so long to get back into Chris Wilder's starting XI.
But the ankle problem he suffered against the Brewers in only the 13th game of the campaign meant he did not start a league match for the Shaymen until last weekend's clash with Weymouth.
And to suggest he enjoyed being back in the fold would be a massive understatement.
"I absolutely loved it," he said. "It was nice to get back out there and it felt really good.
"It was nice to get half an hour as a substitute at Nuneaton, and great to be back at the Shay."
"I had been looking forward to playing for Halifax again and it was good to get a start - especially at home."
Part of Forrest's rehabilitation was a month on loan at Blue Square North side Hucknall.
And while he clearly benefited from the games he played, his thoughts always remained in West Yorkshire.
"I was out on loan and enjoyed it," he said. "But there was only ever one place I wanted to play football this season and that was at Halifax.
"Hopefully with plenty of games left I can start to play some football where I want to be playing it.
"I wanted to help Hucknall as much as I could, but ultimately I was helping number one.
"The whole purpose was to get ready to come back to Halifax."
That is not to say that he did not put everything into his football during his time in Nottinghamshire.
"Wherever I am playing, whether at the top or the bottom, I will always put 100 per cent in," he said.
"I was training pretty much as normal and going to Hucknall on a Saturday.
"Ultimately it was to get ready to play for Halifax."
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