Peterborough United defender Jack Baldwin says he appreciates his football more now he has suffered a long-term injury lay-off.
The 21-year-old has not played since rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in November 2014.
"A week or two after getting injured I already appreciated football more," he told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.
"When I do get back out onto the pitch I need to play each game as if it's my last, as cliched as it may sound."
Baldwin joined Posh from Hartlepool in January 2014 and featured 24 times for the London Road side before his injury.
He will be working throughout pre-season in a bid to get back to playing by November, a year after his injury.
"At the minute everything is going well and I've moved onto the next stage, which is outside," said Baldwin. "Hopefully now I can just get stronger and progress quickly.
"I'm itching to get out there, but don't want to rush anything. I just need to make sure I'm fitter than some of the boys out there when I get back."