Bideford centre Josh King is on the way back after nearly two years out of the game.
King was a 1st XV regular before sustaining a shoulder injury and was just getting back into the swing of things when he contracted pneumonia.
It has been a long road back to the rugby pitch, but King is now on the way.
“As I have not trained or played since having pneumonia last February, the fitness is a little scratchy,” said King. “I have started back by playing laying a little bit for Bideford 2nd XV.
“Right now, I am just easing back with the aim of getting back in the first team during the season.”