Adam Duffy admits he is desperate to get back on the pro tour - so he can quit his part-time job.
Amateur Sheffield cueman Duffy keeps himself busy away from snooker by putting some shifts in at his dad Kevin’s building firm.
But buoyed after dumping world number nine Ding Junhui out of UK Championship in York, Duffy, who has recently been practicing at the Star Snooker Academy, hopes his days of laying bricks are nearly over.
“I have done the odd couple of days assisting my dad,” he told The Star. “I can lay a few bricks and the odd skilled job but most of the time I am just helping out my dad.
“It is freezing cold a lot of the time and you work in horrible conditions so it is not good.
“It definitely gives me more hunger to get back on the tour.
“Working for my dad has rubbed off on my snooker and made me put more hours into practicing. I have worked really hard at the Academy and things are starting to come together.”
The 26-year-old, who reached the final qualifying round of the World Championship in April, losing 10-8 to Jamie Jones, faces Northern Ireland potter Joe Swail in the second round at the York Barbican tonight. Swail brushed aside Sheffield potter Joel Walker in his opener, winning six frames to nil.
Duffy, seeded 121 for the event, said: “My phone has not stopped at all since I beat Ding! I have been getting loads of tweets and messages. I’m just glad I’m not on Facebook or it would have been even worse!
“It was the best victory of my career because it was in front of a lot of people and in a big tournament.
“But all I am trying to do now is keep my feet on the ground and stay focused.
“I am looking forward to facing Joe [Swail]. He is a good player and must have played really well the other night as Joel Walker is no pushover.
“We have played each other a few times but I can’t wait to get back out there.
“I am really enjoying everything but I have to keep my focus and when the going gets tough dig in. When I get my chances in the balls, I must not miss but it is easier said than done.”