THE door is open for former sevens stars wishing to make a comeback in the Digicel Fiji 7s team for the 2012/13 International Rugby Board (IRB) Sevens World Series.
National 7s head coach Alivereti Dere said those willing to rejoin the squad could be drafted into the 'feeder team' that would supplement the two main teams eyed for the series.
Dere and his new assistant Timoci Wainiqolo will be naming the two national teams that will be playing on a rotational basis in the 2012/13 IRB series by the end of this week.
Emosi Vucago and Nemani Nagusa are the two former 7s players currently in the country and Dere said the duo had been always part of the national 7s extended squad.
Vucago, who played for Nadroga in the Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy challenge against Nadi last Saturday, has indicated his interest in rejoining the national 7s team.
The nippy halfback left the Fiji 7s team in March this year to join maestro Waisale Serevi's Old Puget Sound Beach rugby club in Seattle, USA.
Dere said they were closely following the performance of Vucago and Nagusa while with the Nadroga team.
"From the start we have stated what our plans are for this series but if there is any player who wants to join the team then we have our third team where all these players will be included," the former Fiji 7s skipper said.
"This third team is a supplement team to the first two. If we have any injuries or the players from the first two teams leave for some overseas deals then we will use the players from the third team to replace them.
"At the moment we can not say whether they will be part of the team to Gold Coast 7s but we are following the performance of Nagusa and Vucago with the Nadroga team and if we do include them, then they will be in this third team."
Dere said they were eyeing a good mix of young and experienced players in the 'feeder team' with youngsters dominating as part of their build-up for the 7s Rugby World Cup next year and the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.
Meanwhile, the national training squad has intensified their training for the first leg of the series in Gold Coast, Australia on October 13 and 14.
Flying Fijians head coach Inoke Male took time out of his 15s schedule to have a session with the 7s squad yesterday.
While Dere and Wainiqolo remained tightlipped on the players eyed to feature at the Gold Coast 7s, expectations are those that were part of the campaign in the last series would be retained along with the top provincial players in the 24-member training squad.
Dere said, "provincial players playing in the Digicel Cup had the capability to make it big but they needed exposure at this level".
Fiji won the Gold Coast 7s tournament last year under the guidance of then assistant coach Etuate Waqa who has joined the Tongan Rugby Union as their new 7s director.