QUARTERBACK David Ward has capped an amazing comeback from a major knee injury to spearhead the West Sydney Pirates into the Gridiron NSW Football League play-offs.
The 35-year-old play maker missed the 2011 season after undergoing a left knee reconstruction.
But you can't keep a good man down and Ward has returned to the regal form he had before his career-threatening injury.
Ward has played every game this season. The Pirates tackle UTS Gridiron on Saturday at 5 Sports Caringbah from 4pm.
At stake is the right to make the Waratah Bowl, the sport's grand final, the following weekend.
Ward's left knee has stood up to a rigorous season and he said the leg "feels stronger than ever".
"The leg is good and everything has gone well this season," he said.
"Throughout my career I have had six knee operations."
Ward has also reached another significant milestone in a career that includes playing for NSW and Australia.
He recently notched up his 300th career touchdown pass for the Pirates. He has had many others for NSW and Australia.
Ward said physiotherapist Tony Cosgrove and Alishia Barthel, from at Southwest Wellness Centre at Narellan, had "worked wonders" to get him back on the sporting arena after his knee surgery.
"Our plan is to win this week and make the big game the following week," Ward said.