The full-back suffered a dislocated shoulder against Southampton on April 25, an injury that required surgery and ruled him out of the remainder of last season and Wales’ huge Euro 2016 qualifier against Belgium.
But the determined 22-year-old had a target - and vowed to work throughout the summer to be in position to join the players in full pre-season training when they returned to Hotspur Way.
That day was today - Friday, July 3 - and Ben’s six weeks of graft meant he hit his mark having been given the green light by our medical staff and specialists to return to full training.
“It was always my aim to be with the group as soon as they were back in for pre-season, to be ready to go, and that work has paid off,” said a delighted Ben half-way through a day of medical testing on Friday.
“I’ve done a lot of work, a lot of tests on both shoulders and I’ve got myself back to where I want to be. That’s a good feeling.
“It’s a huge thing for me because I wanted to hit the ground running and not fall behind the other lads, so it’s a lovely feeling to be in a position to get the boots back on.”
Ben put that fitness to the test on Friday with tough V02 testing and a long-distance run in the summer heat - he’s captured after that run in the photograph below.
“I’m in a world of pain there!” he laughed. “It’s been a tough day, but I feel fit and I’m ready.”