Very happy to be announced player of the year.
Caps of a great end to 2010 its a long tradition that azbilliards and insidepoolmag have done these awards and to follow people like ,Efren Reyes,Francisco Bustamante,Earl Strickalnd,Jonny Archer,Shane Van Boeing,Ralf Souquet,Mika Immonen and many more great players makes you realise what a honour it is and to achieve this so early in my american pool career is a little overwhelming to be honest and still pinching myself I mean i first started playing in 2006 but most of that year was 8ball on the I.P.T so i didn’t seriously start playing 9ball and10ball etc until late 2006/2007 so to do what have done in such short space of time is mad really,not that am complaining am just trying to get my head around it, I know i have worked hard and studied the game and i knew my mental strength would take me far in the game but to achieve so much in past 3 years really is a dream..
It was only yesterday i was reflecting on what i done since 2007 and time as gone gone quick since then and as pool players we don’t get much time to reflect as the tournaments come thick and fast and we are one end of world week by week month by month ..
but to win world 10ball championships,derby city straight pool,world pool masters,2x euro tours,us open 9ball champion,captained great Britain to world team title,mosconi cup champions,mosconi cup most valuable player,World ranked no 1, win so many other smaller titles such as gb9 tour titles,us open bar table 10ball,and so many others and have so many high finishes in other majors like 5th us open,2nd challenge of champions,3rd Qatar open,5th world 10ball,3rd world 8ball, 3rd Guinness world series. its all been great few years and seems so long since the English 8ball days where i was pretty much in a slump and had no discipline but thankfully i found my place in the world where i belong and something i really love doing and because of that am enjoying life and giving pool 100% Plus i want to continue to get stronger and stronger in the years to come.When you get to experience winning major titles and representing europe in the mosconi cup or representing your country in the world team championships it makes all the hard work and hours of practise worthwhile there is no better feeling in the world.
but i really put all my success down to a few things 2006/2007 playing hours and days weeks and months of money matches in the (home of pool) which is Philippines that’s where i really learnt alot and in between these trips i was in America on the road gambling so it was all great learning and made me tougher mentally and made me accept defeat easier when i did lose..
Also i have so much to thank to my backer Dave Wright who really believed in me this guy funded me and took me all over world showed so much faith and confidence in me, putting me in money matches for high stakes in the Philippines and America 2006/07 when i had no experience in American pool he believed in me and i will be forever grateful because without him i wouldn’t be where i am now for sure ,and its amazing to think that i come away from Philippines and America always up on the money it was great times together that’s what you call gambling lol.. so big thanks to Dave wright its been a great ride pal and we proved all the doubters wrong you will always be one of my best mates and the guy i will always have to thank for where i am now so thanks so much once again Dave for all you do for me these past 5-6 years its really appreciated..
and also my rock s in my life my mum and dad for giving me this gift and pushing me to always stay grounded and keep working hard you are the best parents anyone could want and love you so much,and to my brothers craig and shane for all there support over years especially shane for all them hours of practise over past 18 years from english 8ball to american pool and to andy my cousin for bringing me into pool for helping me along.
and to my friends and fans who push me so hard to do better and other people that have contributed in my career to date the likes of frank and barbara grice,lee rigby, simon dvali,paul stoner,ben finch,and so many others appreciate it guys
also big mention to my home pool hall rileys,barnsley george vettas and all his staff thanks so much for allowing me my own table and everything you do for me at the club am really grateful its the best club in uk.
and currently i have a great team working for me thanks to dave carter for all you are doing for me at qsportsmanagement
and to predator cues for all the great support you show me and the sponsorship appreciate it alot
and lastly thanks to adam cousins for all hard work you have done on the website great job buddy and adam also works at Riley’s,barnsley see him there if you would like a website
thanks again for all messages and support i hope 2011 will be even better year