SNOOKER star Cale Barrett will take the next step to embarking on a professional career when he competes in England next year.
The 17-year-old from Penguin will visit a snooker academy in England, which could then open the door towards making a living out of the sport.
Barrett is looking to play snooker professionally and believes the trip to England is the best way to advance his career.
He has already competed on the world stage in junior snooker and eightball tournaments and last month showed maturity above his years when he won the Tasmanian open snooker championship beating two vastly experienced opponents along the way.
In the semi-final he beat five-time champion Gregg Watt and in the final eclipsed 17-time winner Les Higgins 6-2.
The win earned Barrett a start in the national championships in Sydney next month and a week later he will also take part in the national under-18 championships.
Barrett's schedule is being kept busy with eightball on top of his snooker commitments and he is planning to play in the Australian eightball titles in January next year before heading to England.
Former Australian snooker champion Ron Atkins was a spectator at the state titles at the Burnie Club last month and described Barrett's effort as an ``incredible performance''.
``It is doubtful that anybody watching the final would have anticipated the local boy would defeat the leading player in the state for the last 25 years and it was a very convincing 6-2 result by the youngest player ever to win the Tasmanian open championship,'' he said.