Mark Duffy is delighted to see Paul Coutts back in first-team action but is sure United's midfield ranks are much stronger now than they were a year ago.
The influential former Derby man has made two cameo appearances in recent victories over Blackburn and Hull and Duffy says is good to have him back.
He remarked: "When we lost Paul last season it was a massive loss for us and if I'm being honest we struggled to replace him.
"Obviously we've got Ollie (Norwood) in there now and he's very similar to Paul and a quality addition, we've also got Paul coming back into contention too.
"We've got the likes of George (Baldock), Stears and Leon who haven't been playing much recently though, so the strength is clear to see and it all bodes well for us."
Duffy added: "John (Lundstram) is another tremendous option and he's only young, but we know Paul's qualities, I enjoy playing with him and I hate coming off, but when I saw it was him coming on against Blackburn it brought a smile to my face.
"We know the struggle he's been through, he's worked so hard to get back as quickly as possible and I was happy enough for him to take my place."