Joe Swail makes comeback to the tour
Northern Ireland star Joe Swail has decided to return to the main snooker tour.
Swail's decision to accept an invitation to the professional circuit for the next two years represents quite a comeback for the Belfast man.
Swail has been competing as an amateur this season questioning if he wanted to mix it on a regular basis with the top players in the world again.
But having qualified and shown some good form at the Players Tour Championship finals in Galway last month and after going on a brilliant run in the World Championship qualifiers which almost took him all the way to the final stages at the Crucible, Swail has decided to have another crack on the pro tour from next season.
It appears that he has the appetite for the game once more after recently admitting that all the travelling in the sport nowadays took its toll and his confidence disappeared as he dropped out of the top 64 in the world.
Tellingly he added that he had fallen out of love with snooker.
He has since rekindled the romance and provided ample evidence that he has what it takes to compete.
Swail tweeted yesterday: "Just accepted a two year card back onto the main tour after a difficult few years and a return to form. I'm so so looking forward to it."
His return will be warmly greeted by players and fans alike as the 43-year-old is a popular figure on the snooker scene. He's also an accomplished performer. With the World Championships starting on Saturday, it should not be forgotten Swail has reached the semi-finals in Sheffield twice.