Max Whitlock set to be reunited with old pal Louis Smith in Glasgow

Max Whitlock (left) and Louis Smith celebrate with their medals after the pommel horse final at London 2012. Picture (c) Adam Davy/PA Wire
Max Whitlock (left) and Louis Smith celebrate with their medals after the pommel horse final at London 2012. Picture (c) Adam Davy/PA Wire

Hemel Hempstead star Max Whitlock could be rejoined by Olympic team-mate Louis Smith at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer after the Strictly Come Dancing winner announced his return to full-time gymnastics training.

Smith, 24, has been away from the sport since shining at the London Olympics in 2012 when he collected an individual silver medal and a team bronze.

But he has now decided to target a ‘last hurrah’ on the international stage, although he admits his past achievements will count for nothing as he bids to impress the England selectors.

Smith said: “I’m not done with gymnastics yet. I have unfinished business.

“I believe I can still very much compete amongst the best in the world and challenge for medals.

“People may assume that my achievements to date will mean a place in the team, but that couldn’t be further from the case.

“The strength in depth in this country is at a level it’s never been before, with a large number of hugely talented gymnasts all competing for places.

“I will have to earn my place on the team, which is not going to be easy. Even if I achieve the necessary standards, it will still come down to the selectors.

“As far as I’m concerned, should I qualify, this will be my last hurrah.

“The 2012 Olympics were everything to me and I believe that without the successes that I had there my life could have taken a very different path over the last year and a half.

“So I can go to the Commonwealth Games knowing that whatever happens, I will have achieved everything I ever dreamt of in gymnastics.”

Smith already boasts a Commonwealth Games gold medal after winning the pommel horse event in Melbourne in 2006. He also capture a team bronze in Australia eight years ago.