REWA is hoping to secure the release of ace goalkeeper Simione Tamanisau to boost their chance in the opening round of the National Football League competition this weekend.
The Delta Tigers take on Savusavu this Saturday and Labasa on Sunday at Subrail Park in the Fiji Sun/GP Batteries-sponsored league opener.
Former Fiji skipper Tamanisau, who wants to make a switch from Lautoka back to his home district Rewa, has been asked to pay $7500 for his release. Rewa Football Association secretary Sanjay Chand said they were working on Tamanisau's release and were hoping to receive a favourable response from Fiji FA before this Friday.
Chand also said most of the players that featured for the district last season would be back for the upcoming season.
He confirmed the Rewa FA was yet to release players who applied to join other districts.
"Some regular players might miss these matches because of work and other commitments but we will basically have the same team that featured for us in the last season," Chand said.
The Marika Rodu-coached Rewa had a roller-coaster ride throughout the 2011/12 season but is hoping to beat the northerners this weekend to set a good platform for next year.
Chand said Savusavu, despite struggling in the super premier division, had proved handful in their past meetings.
"They defeated us last year. They normally play good football so we do not underestimate them," he said.
"Labasa is always good at home and they will be tough to beat in front of their home crowd this Sunday."