What a difference a few months make.
Dubbo Kangaroos product Tom Robertson is knuckling down ahead of his new side's clash with his old team.
The Western Forces will meet the NSW Waratahs in round three of the 2021 Super Rugby season on Friday.
While the Dubbo product was a Waratahs junior for much of his first-grade playing career, scoring a try on debut for the NSW side back in 2016, he admitted to the media in 2020 that 'off-field' problems at his old club had left him unhappy and in need of a change.
The versatile prop, who can play both loosehead and tightehead positions, had spent much of his recent high level and representative career battling persistent injuries that threatened his return to the field.
A knee, then an ankle and finally a calf injury put him on the injury list for more time than he would have liked, or even first anticipated, but the hard-worker is back on deck and ready to rip in to some familiar faces.
The Friday evening match-up will be the first time Robertson has seen many of his former team-mates and supporters since the decision to step away from the Waratahs in exchange for a contract with the Force in September.
The clash between Robertson's new and old sides will put a capstone to his 62 game stint with the Waratahs, and usher in the start of a new playing era with the Western Australian team, who will be looking to bounce back from a first round loss to the ACT Brumbies.
Kick off is at 4.45pm.