The Irish star battled back from over a year on the sidelines with a knee injury only to be struck down with a hamstring tear on the opening day at Everton back in August.
That kept him out for a further two months before he finally returned against Bolton in October.
Twice our Player of the Year, Stephen has played every game since then and successfully returned to the international fold.
But he insists he is nowhere near the form or fitness that rightly earned him the title of best right-back in the Premiership a couple of years ago.
"It's been a season to get through and get behind me just to get myself back running again," he reasoned.
"It's been okay but not to the level I want it to be.
"I'd like to get through the rest of the season and get myself right for next season, to start with a clean slate, no injuries and get really fit.
"Then I think I'll get back up to where I was performing but I don't think I've reached it yet, definitely not.
"My form has been okay, nothing special. It takes time - longer than I thought it would to be honest.
"My fitness isn't there to what I had before so hopefully I'll get through the season, have the internationals, have a break and then be back fresh for next season."
Ever-honest Stephen Carr describes his form as 'okay' and admits he already has one eye on next season.