Joe Perry confirmed as guest professional for finals day

DOES winning a ranking event encourage ‘Gentleman’ Joe Perry to attend the Cuestars Under-21 finals day?

Or does an invite to our end-of-season finale inspire Joe to win a major title?

The parallels to seven years ago are spooky. In March, 2015, Joe won his first ranking title at the Players Championship in Thailand. Two months later, he made seven century breaks, including three total clearances, and was beaten only by Gold Tour Championship winner James Budd before presenting the season’s trophies.

Fast forward to March this year when he beat Judd Trump in the final of the Welsh Open. It was his second ranking title in 31 years as a professional. The 47-year-old told Eurosport that it was “the highlight of my career by a country mile”.

And now Joe has agreed to play our competition winners and present the trophies at Jesters Snooker Club, Swindon, on Sunday, June 12.

There will also be silverware for the Cuestars Snooker Academy members who have topped the Gold, Silver and Bronze Line Ups Challenge tables.

In an interview with back in 2015 (Joe Perry Interview), Joe explained how he earned his nickname and revealed that he still has the first trophy he won as a 12-year-old in a local club handicap in Cambridgeshire in 1986.

It was previously reported that Michael Holt had been provisionally booked to attend but a clash of dates meant that Joe stepped in.