Foot and Achilles problems meant the big defender featured in only a handful of games in our busy summer programme.
As a consequence, the arrival and form of Noureddine Naybet alongside Ledley King has seen the 23-year-old on the bench and only appearing for 11 minutes so far.
He was therefore delighted to breeze through a 90-minute stint for the reserves last week.
"It's been a frustrating time," pondered the big man at Spurs Lodge. "I had foot and Achilles injuries and I wanted to get the foot right otherwise it would drag on.
"That's why I was delighted to come through the reserve match okay."
Now Anthony wants to prove himself to the new management team on the training pitch and be ready when the call finally comes.
"There has been a big influx of players, a lot of changes and you want to be out there training and playing and showing what you can do," he said.
"With so much competition for places you need to be out on the training pitch staking your claim.
"The lads have done well, got off to a great start and that's the main thing for the club. When I get my chance, I have to be ready."
Anthony Gardner insists he's happy to be back in action after another frustrating pre-season.