Shaun Wane is thrilled to see Dom Manfredi overcome the “torture” of his injury and back smiling again.
The luckless winger is in full training again after two years on the sidelines.
Now, the coach is waiting for the 24-year-old to say when he is feeling ready to play - but he won’t be rushed.
Wane said: “He’s training, running, everything.
“It’s very much mentally up to him when he’s ready to play.
“It could be six weeks, it could be eight weeks, we don’t know.
“It’s one of those - the physio doesn’t tell us, the player does, because he has to feel 100 per cent right with how his knee is landing.”
Either way, Manfredi will be staying at Wigan next season after the club took up a one-year option on his contract.
Warriors have not officially confirmed the move, though it is not unusual for that to happen when they exercise an option - Willie Isa, for example, was retained for this year without any announcement.
Manfredi has not played a senior game since suffering a serious ACL injury in a game at Castleford in summer of 2016.
He had done enough that campaign to earn selection in the Super League Dream Team.
His hopes of returning last year were dashed when he suffered a setback in a reserves match last August.
And even though he has not yet returned to action, Wane says the academy-product is in a buoyant mood.
“He’s into it and having fun with the players, which is good,” added Wane.
“I’m just glad to see him out there again. I don’t like seeing a young lad out for so long, and he’s had more problems than anyone.
“He stayed upbeat while he was out, but I could see he was tortured inside. They’re bred to play - so I’m made up he’s training again.”