Striker Robbie Fowler is hopeful his appearance and goal for North Queensland in the clash with Wolves will demonstrate how committed he is to the Fury cause this season.
On the back of reports suggesting his injuries would prevent him playing, along with a rapidly quashed story he was considering a move to Tranmere, Fowler came on in the 54th minute and converted a spot-kick 13 minutes later to open his Fury account.
After Wolves opened the scoring in Perth through Andy Keogh in the second minute, Fowler's penalty came about after Wolves skipper Jody Craddock brought down Jeremy Brockie in the area.
But Craddock atoned for his error, the defender rising high to nod home his side's winner in the 74th minute, seeing Wolves finish their pre-season camp in Australia with victories over Perth Glory and North Queensland under their belts.
For Fowler, though, it was an encouraging start, the Liverpool legend warning rival clubs his fitness can only get better.
"Obviously (there's) been various reports saying I won't play again this season, so I think that will shut you people up," Fowler said after the match, revealing his frustrations at being held back for the last two months.
"I'm experienced enough to know you go through your career and people do get injuries. I'm not the first, I won't be the last. I'm just glad to be back playing (but) it's not a relief, I always knew I'd come back."
"It's good for me to get back on the pitch. As you all know it's been a bit of a frustrating time, but thankfully I lasted 30, 35 minutes which is good for me."