CLACKS snooker player Eden Sharav has retained his professional status with to a dramatic finish to the 2016-17 season.

The Alloa man earned enough points to secure his tour card for another two years, earning his first World Championship victory in the process.

Indeed, that win 10-5 over Jamie Cope in the qualifying round earlier this month was the result which ensured his place on the pro list.

Speaking this week, Eden has set his sights on improving his game over the next two years.

He told Advertiser Sport: "I'm just really relieved to be staying on. If I had fallen off, I would have to have gone to Q-School again and that would have been really tough.

"In fact, the World Championship match was the biggest result for me this season. Had I lost that, I would have fallen off."

He added: "Over the last two seasons, I feel like I've not really reached my potential.

"My head hasn't been right. I work hard on the table, but if I can get my mindset stronger, I'll get on a lot better.

"The last two years haven't been a disaster or anything; I've gained a lot of experience in that time.

"I'm just happy that I have another chance at it, so the pressure is off a bit now."

There will now be a six week break for Eden ahead of the new snooker season.