It's been so long since Ryan James last played, his return on Saturday was the first time two-year-old son Brooklyn had seen him in action. And the Canberra Raiders recruit looked like he'd barely missed a beat in the 26-20 trial loss to the Sydney Roosters at Seiffert Oval. James' last NRL action was in round six in 2019, when the then Gold Coast captain went down with his first knee injury - an injury he'd repeat the following year. But 22 months later and he's back - and his efforts put him squarely in the mix to be part of the Raiders side to take on the Wests Tigers in round one at Canberra Stadium on March 14. Knee injuries aside, that's no small feat given the plentiful forward stocks at Canberra coach Ricky Stuart's disposal.