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Ronnie O'Sullivan, is shooting from the lip for umpteenth time about his disenchantment with snooker.
I know what you're thinking, we all are to be honest. Here we go again, same old, same old; another hollow, attention-seeking plea from an individual who has been indulged once too often in his passion for navel gazing.
But no, please don't look up to the heavens in exasperation as is normally the - totally justified - case, this time it's different.
Yes, O'Sullivan has again predicted his demise from the top echelons of the game as he goes in search of his fifth UK Championship at the start of December, a tournament during which he turns 35.
But on this occasion, there was not a trace of self-pity in a startlingly candid interview with BBC's 5live, in which he revealed the compelling reasons why the growing proliferation of world-wide tournaments in a schedule which has been much beefed-up by World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn is likely to lead to his demise.
Not for O'Sullivan, this time, tired complaints about a lack of motivation or frustration at dipping to a level 99 per cent of his rivals will never scale.
No, this time, a frank revelation at how his year-long fight to regularly see his two younger children, Lily, four, and Ronnie junior, three means that snooker has to take a back seat.
"There might not be many more tournament wins," O'Sullivan, who has a teenage daughter from a previous relationship, admitted. "I've had a great career and if it ended tomorrow there'd be no problem.
"There are tournaments now around the world that they're giving ranking points for. I'm a single parent and I'm not going to drag my kids all round the world just to stay high in the rankings. "I can't be in two places at once. Unless I can stay at the top just by playing in the top events in this country it could be that I slide out of the rankings, but I've made peace with that in my own mind."
After what has been an at times a bitter custody battle with his former partner, O'Sullivan, a multi-millionaire and snooker's second highest ever earner after Stephen Hendry, acknowledges he is in a privileged position, albeit one he has worked for in nearly two decades at the top, where he could retire in comfort tomorrow, albeit for a lifestyle that would mean little without regular access to his kids.
In addition, the recent release from prison of his father, Ronnir senior, after serving an 18-year murder sentence, has had a profound effect on him. A little perspective seems to have been gained.
Three-times world champion O'Sullivan insists he's unaware of his current ranking under the new system - for the record, he's eighth with only the top 16 guaranteed automatic entry to the major tournaments - and he added: "My priority is to spend time with my children and I've kind of accepted that my snooker priorities aren't strong enough to deserve to be at the top.
"My heart is with Lily and Ronnie junior, I can only go with what my heart tells me. I'm happy with the career I've had.
"If I had an understanding ex-missus then maybe it'd be different, but she's not, she says 'you have to have them at those times,' and I've had to go to court to see my children, so there is no choice to be made.
It's been an horrendous year just trying to get to see them, but I've managed to do it. I didn't see my kids for seven weeks at one stage and I had to go through lawyers, it was a really stressful time. I fought for a year just to get to see them, they're the most important thing.
"They now stay with me Friday through to Monday morning, when I drop them off at school and it means I get to spend some quality time with them. If you've got children you know the strength of the love you have for them. That's much stronger than a game of snooker."
In the past, it seemed O'Sullivan's motivation for severing his ties with the sport were purely self-centred, bordering on the nonsensical.
If, by putting his children first, he is to finally hasten his exit from the snooker spotlight, there could be no better reason, and no better epitaph to the career of one of the finest players to ever wield a cue.