Ronnie O’Sullivan hint could worry World Snooker Championship rivals

Ronnie O’Sullivan is the bookmakers’ favourite at the Crucible this year (Picture: Getty Images)

Ronnie O’Sullivan says he has found a bit of form and has ‘started to fancy the job’ of winning an eighth world title this year at the Crucible.

It has been a wildly successful season for the Rocket, adding five more titles to his immense CV, but he hasn’t always been over the moon with how he has been playing.

Ever the perfectionist, the world number one has insisted he is struggling to find much form, despite winning the UK Championship, Masters, World Grand Prix, Shanghai Masters and World Masters of Snooker this campaign.

It is actually a fair assessment, with the Rocket not actually firing on all cylinders for much of those events, just finding bursts of brilliance to beat opponents who can struggle to find their own best form against the GOAT.

However, concerningly for the rest of the Crucible field, the 48-year-old says he is ‘starting to play alright’ which may well mean he is actually playing outrageously good snooker.

‘The last few days, I’ve started to play alright and so I’ve started to fancy the job,’ O’Sullivan told Sky Sports.

‘I wouldn’t be surprised if I win it but, equally, I wouldn’t be surprised if I lost first round. Snooker sometimes doesn’t make sense.’

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Jackson Page takes on O’Sullivan in round one of the Crucible this year (Picture: Getty Images)

The seven-time world champion turns 49 in December but has shown no sign of slowing down, in fact he feels he might well be more of a complete player than he has ever been.

There is certainly every chance the Rocket could be winning the sport’s biggest prizes into his 50s, believing he has at least one more world title in him.

‘I still think I’ve got another one or two world titles in me. As long as I feel young around the snooker table, age is just a number,’ he said.

‘I thought I was finished at 35, but I’m still going at 48. I’ve still won a lot and I’m still [world] No 1, which is a bit of a miracle in itself.

‘I’ve been going at it a long time and I still feel like I’ve got another five, six, seven good years in me. Who knows, as long as I’m still having fun and enjoying it.’

The Rocket faces 22-year-old Welshman Jackson Page in his opening round at the Crucible this year, with the match beginning on Wednesday.

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