THIRTEEN-year-old Rob Dagnall is lining up a shot at a unique sporting prize.
The St Helens youngster won through to the finals of Ronnie O’Sullivan’s Future Stars of Snookers competition.
If he is successful, Rob will scoop a £5,000 cash prize and coaching sessions with The Rocket.
Rob won a regional play-off held at Rileys in Wigan, outscoring 15 other talented youngsters in six tasks designed by O’Sullivan to test cue technique and ball control.
Rob had previously won a preliminary qualifier at the same venue.
He will now join seven other Under-16s in the final in Sheffield.
Rainford High School pupil Rob, who has been playing snooker for five years, said: “I am really chuffed to have reached the final. I didn’t think I would get this far!
“The standard in the qualifier was really high and I managed to beat Zac Barton, who finished third overall last year.
“I am practising a lot. I try to play every day for around four hours.”
The nationwide hunt will discover a naturally talented youngster aged 16 or under, who will receive coaching from O’Sullivan – and pocket £5,000 to spend on career development.