Jimmy White has admitted that he is delighted with the significant improvement in his recent performance levels, ahead of appearing in the final stages of the German Masters this week.
The Whirlwind returns to the Tempodrom in Berlin in a playing capacity for the first time in three years, having worked on the popular event as a pundit for Eurosport since his last appearance, after impressive victories over Zhou Yuelong and world number eight Joe Perry during the qualifying stages in December.
After winning just one of his 11 matches in ranking events last season, the 54-year-old has enjoyed an upturn in fortune during this campaign - winning 11 of his 21 contests, with his best performance being a strong run to the quarter-finals of the Paul Hunter Classic along the way.
“I’m happy with my form and confident that I can keep getting results,” said ten-time ranking event winner White.
“When I look back on last year, my game was in bad shape and I was four stone heavier. I have lost a lot of weight and my snooker has come on leaps and bounds since then.
“Last year in Germany, I started working for Eurosport as a pundit. I wasn’t sure at first how I would do, but I have really enjoyed it. It has been great to be involved in tournaments on that side. And, this time, I’ll be there as a player as well."
World number 102 White is up against reigning Shoot Out champion Robin Hull in the German capital, as he looks to boost his chances of remaining on the tour at the end of the season.
However, further down the line, the 10-time ranking event winner believes that securing his place at the Crucible for the first time since 2006 would go a long way towards maintaining his 37-year professional status.
“My main goal for the season is to qualify for the final stages of the World Championship in April," he added.
"I want to keep my tour place of course but, as long as I qualify for the Crucible, I should achieve that as well.”