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.