Blues forward, Joe Edwards is back lifting weights for strength and has had his first conditioning field session.
In round six of the ITM Cup against Northland, he dislocated his shoulder.
He had surgery in October and expects to be available to play in May.
Former Highlander and Crusader lock Tom Donnelly has joined the Blues for the 2014 Super Rugby season on a one-year contract and is relishing the new challenge.
Edwards welcomes Donnelly's experience to the side.