Craig Harrison today handed Luke George his Hartlepool United starting debut at Torquay United.
The summer signing from Chester has been sidelined with injury for the first two and a half months of the season but strolled through an hour of Wednesday night's Durham Challenge Cup win over Hebburn.
George's first start was one of three changes to the Pools XI, replacing Lewis Hawkins in the midfield.
Carl Magnay was ruled out with a hernia problem which will likely see him undergo surgery this week. Michael Ledger started at centre-half with Liam Donnelly switching to right-back.
Fit-again Blair Adams came in at left-back for his first since August with Nicky Deverdics, as expected, moving further up the field.
It looks as if George and Nicky Featherstone will play as the holding midfielders with, from right to left, Jonathan Franks, Michael Woods and Deverdics providing the support for central striker, Rhys Oates.
Torquay made two changes, with wing-back Liam Davis missing out after becoming a dad last night while Rhys Murphy is injured.
Ruairi Keating, nephew of singer Ronan, came in with Jennison Myrie-Williams.
Torquay: Dorel, Efete, McGinty, Myrie-Williams, Evans, Gowling, Higgins, Young, McQuoid, Reid, Keating.
Subs: Clarke, Lathrope, Anderson, Klukowski, Dowling,
Pools: Loach, Donnelly, Ledger, Laing, Adams, George, Featherstone, Woods, Deverdics, Oates, Franks.
Subs: Richardson, Harrison, Hawkins, Munns, Simpson
Referee: David Rock