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John Higgins hints at snooker retirement following UK Championship exit

Higgins reflects in his seat (credit: Linnea Rheborg/Getty Images)

John Higgins has described his current form as “garbage” and fears he is “nearly at the end” of his professional career.

Higgins crashed out of the Betway UK Championship in the Second Round on Saturday after a 6-5 defeat to fellow Scotsman Alan McManus.

The four-time World Champion squandered a 5-3 advantage as McManus completed the turnaround with an 85 break in the decider, and Higgins made a frank assessment of his form and mindset after the match.

"When you watch guys like Neil Robertson on the next table, knocking centuries, and I'm doing 30 - I'm just garbage," admitted Higgins.

"It's a big worry.

"I know I said it here last year, maybe I was papering over the cracks getting to the final of the Worlds? 

"I really do feel like I'm near the end of my time with this game.

"I will have a good think at the end of this season because I'm not going to put myself through this the way I'm feeling.

"Not putting any effort into the game, and you know you're not going to get anywhere in the game, doing that."

Asked if it was the worst he had ever felt, Higgins replied: "Yes."

The 43-year-old, who has lost in back-to-back World Championship finals, also finished runner-up in September's China Championship, but has since suffered a string of early exits in ranking competition.

The three-time UK Champion is among a clutch of the sport's decorated stars to have turned professional in 1992 and held down the world number one spot for more than three years.

Higgins revealed he will consider his future at the end of the season, adding: "It's going to be a big six months."


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