He's put the bug behind him, is out of quarantine and now England international John Bateman is ready for the Canberra Raiders captains' run.
Bateman was struck down by a virus just days before the Raiders face the Sydney Roosters in the NRL grand final at Sydney Olympic Park on Sunday.
It led to him being isolated from the group after Raiders co-captain Josh Hodgson was struck down by a similar bug earlier in the week.
But he's back up and about and ready to face the Roosters.
"Yeah he's a lot better today. I think he just had a 24-hour bug, just had hot sweats and cold and didn't feel well," his brother Kyle Bateman said on Friday.
Bateman's brother and grandmother Patricia are in Sydney to watch him play, having arrived on Wednesday.
They went for a walk through the city and bumped into Raiders second-rower Elliott Whitehead at the NRL fan zone - where the team was getting presented to the public on Thursday.
It was lucky, because they had no idea how to get back to the hotel.
Only problem was Bateman was back in the hotel feeling unwell and they didn't get to see him on stage.
"We went for a walk and we ended up at the fan zone - we didn't know where we were going, we just saw it," Kyle said.
"We asked some supporters are the players supposed to be coming and they were like, 'Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah'.
"I know Elliott from back home and he spotted me in the crowd so I started talking to him.
"I forgot the name of the hotel so him and [Raiders coach Ricky Stuart] just pulled me and me nan aside and threw us on the coach so we didn't have to get lost again."
Bateman's brother was also there to see him get named Dally M second-rower of the year on Wednesday night.
The England international said it was a massive boost ahead of the grand final.
"It's fantastic being the guy that's the best in the position in the league," Bateman said.
"But it's a credit to the players that I play with week-in, week-out.
"They put me in positions and they give me opportunities."
Bateman will go head-to-head with NSW Blues and Australia captain Boyd Cordner, who he played against for Wigan in the World Club Challenge back in 2014.
He was feeling relaxed about it, as he was about the build-up to the biggest game of the year.
Not surprisingly, given he'll be playing in his fifth grand final in six years.
But he revealed he'd felt more pressure in the lead-up to the preliminary final.
He said that could be because they had nothing to lose and all the pressure was on the Roosters, who are going for back-to-back titles.
"Probably so. And it should be like that. They're a great team the Sydney Roosters and you wouldn't expect anything less," Bateman said.
"They've got outstanding players from 1-13 and in all the squad.
"Last week I felt more pressure than this week.
"We're enjoying it and that's what it's all about, enjoying the moment and not letting it slip by and we're looking forward to it."
NRL GRAND FINAL
Sunday: Canberra Raiders v Sydney Roosters at ANZ Stadium, 7.30pm. Tickets available from Ticketek.
Raiders: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Nick Cotric 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Joseph Leilua 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Aidan Sezer 8. Josh Papalii 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Iosia Soliola 11. John Bateman 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Joseph Tapine. Interchange: 14. Bailey Simonsson 15. Emre Guler 16. Corey Horsburgh 17. Dunamis Lui. Reserves: 18. Sam Williams 19. Ryan Sutton 20. Siliva Havili 21. Sebastian Kris.
Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Latrell Mitchell 4. Joseph Manu 5. Brett Morris 6. Luke Keary 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Sam Verrills 10. Isaac Liu 11. Boyd Cordner 12. Mitchell Aubusson 13. Victor Radley. Interchange: 14. Angus Crichton 15. Zane Tetevano 16. Nat Butcher 17. Siosiua Taukeiaho. Reserves: 18. Lindsay Collins 19. Drew Hutchison 20. Jake Friend 21. Ryan Hall.