A YOUNG pool player is set to make his debut on national television.

Kian Monaghan, aged 16 from Radcliffe, has only been playing the sport for three years.

The Philips High School pupil was entered into a qualifier hosted by the English Blackball Pool Federation on June 22.

After impressing the judges, he won a coveted spot in the Taom Shootout, which will be streamed live on television from Milton Keynes.

Kian will join fellow Radcliffe and Savanna player Simon Fitzsimmons, who has previously played in the event.

JJ Faul, his personal coach, said: “Kian is one of our best players.

“It is just amazing that he won the qualifier. He has worked so hard and is so dedicated. He really deserves this.”

The Taom Shootout is run by English 8-ball pool promoters STRN.

Kian, who trains at Savanna Pool and Snooker Club in Whitefield, will go head-to-head against seven other players on the programme to win a pot of prize money.

The knockout tournament comprises a series of matches, lasting up to 30minutes. Each event is televised live at various venues around the country.

Nations cup winner Kian is the latest Savanna player to appear on screens, following in the footsteps of both his coach, owner of Savannas, and Steve Wall.

The programme will air on FreeSports on July 6.