WICKFORD’S Allan Taylor can’t wait to make his debut on the pro snooker tour next week and says he’s determined to make his mark this year.

The 28-year-old, a protégé of Vange-based world number six Stuart Bingham, will compete at the Wuxi Classic qualifiers at the Capital Venue in Gloucester after graduating to the senior ranks through the PTC Order of Merit last year.

The man nicknamed the “Albino Assassin” took part in nine PTC events and earned prize money of £3,850, and that saw him finish as the fifth highest amateur and earned him one of eight available two-year pro tour cards.

“I’ve been knocking on the door of the professional game for a few years now, so I’m really looking forward to getting going now” he said.

“I gave up my job a few years ago and moved down south to concentrate on my game and it has helped me make the breakthrough.

“What I’d like to do this year is make a couple of venues and play under the cameras to get that experience under my belt.

“I’m an attacking player and long-potting is my strength, and I’m confident I can do well in the pro game.”

Taylor, who describes himself as a Scouser, moved from his home in the Wirral to Essex and gave up his job as a police CCTV support worker to concentrate on his game, and says it’s a move which has paid off.

He was practicing with Bingham – who got married this month to long-term partner Michele Shabi, and celebrated his 37th birthday yesterday – at the Rayleigh Lanes club this week.

And he says getting table time with Premier League champion Bingham is great for his game.

“It’s great being able to practice with Stuart because his experience is invaluable to me,” he said.

“He’s had 18 years as a pro and for the past couple of years has played at the very highest level, so it’s good to get his advice.”

Taylor is looking for a sponsor for the season, such as a company who might want their logo on his waistcoat at tournaments.

Anyone who is interested can e-mail him at allantaylor147@ntlworld.com