Clydebank hotshot Dylan Gault is looking forward to a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity as he aims to become a pro snooker player.

The 22-year-old will be competing in the European Championships on March 13 in Cyprus, with the winner becoming a professional for the rest of the season.

But earning the money to go out there has been hard to come by – after only finding out a week ago he would be competing in the event.

Gault said: “Somebody dropped out at the last minute and I was the first to answer and got on it. There was no hesitation. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing I honestly can’t wait.

“My family have been so chuffed for me, they’ve been helping me get the money together so I can go out there. Every little helps. If it’s just a fiver or tenner here, everything is much appreciated.”

Dylan’s dad introduced him and his brother to snooker when he was 14 and he’s been hooked ever since.

And while his brother has since given it up, it’s all the 22-year-old has wanted to do.

While money has been tight over the years as he chases his dream, a job at Lucky Break snooker hall in Clydebank has helped improve his game.

He added: “Even when I was 14 that was what I was chasing [to become a snooker player].

“But every time it’s just come down to money. I only got the snooker job a year ago and up until then it was tough to get the money to play snooker when you only had a paper round.”

If you would like to help Dylan by helping raise money for his chance at turning pro, visit: www.gofundme.com/get-me-to-the-snooker-champs.