lhpirnie wrote:One major development is that the top-8 on the 1-year list will be awarded a new tour card. This really is massive for the players concerned, whose careers could have been ended with relegation and failure to get through Q School (which is expensive, and a bit of a lottery).
The players who currently stand to gain are: Xu Si, Jamie O'Neill, Chang Bingyu, Andy Hicks, Luo Honghao, Chris Wakelin, Sam Craigie, Jackson Page, Igor Figueiredo. Most of these are promising young players, or in the case of Figueiredo, the only South American.
agreed with the sentiment but in the case of wakelin he's someone who lives close to the atack club in nuneaton which has done his snooker career a world of benefit and jackson page is mark williams designated protege in south wales , in these two cases they're just beneficiaries of circumstance i wouldn't really put any advancement on their careers down to anything else .