King out to make his Mark

PUBLISHED: 15:48 20 November 2015 | UPDATED: 15:48 20 November 2015

Romford's Mark King (pic: Nick Potts/PA)

Romford's Mark King (pic: Nick Potts/PA)

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Romford potter preparing for UK Championships

Romford’s Mark King says he is training harder than ever before ahead of next week’s UK Championships in York.

It’s been a mixed season so far for King with his best run coming during August’s Euro Tour where he was knocked out in the semi-final by eventual finalist Shaun Murphy.

That was followed by defeat at the third event of the Tour to Rory McLeod, who went on to claim victory.

And, while King admits he has taken confidence from the fact that his losses this term have come against in-form opponents, he says he is looking to find his own groove in York.

“The season so far has been good and to be honest everyone that has beaten me has gone on to get to the latter end of tournaments,” he said.

“I got to the semi-final and lost to Shaun Murphy and the same with Rory McLeod in the Euro Tour.

“It’s disappointing to lose, but at least I know I’m losing against guys who are on form and at their best on the day.

“I just keep bumping into people that are on a tear and that’s unfortunate, but I can still take positives.

“That’s snooker at the end of the day and it’s disappointing not to be making finals, but I think I am playing well and training harder than ever.

“I’m working on my technique and just making sure that I am mentally right when I head into tournaments.”

King first competed at the UK Championships in 1991 and will this time go up against Ross Muir in his first-round contest.

The pair have met once before at the competition two years ago with King coming out on top on that occasion.

And the veteran is hoping it will be his day once again as he looks to fulfil his dream of lifting a competition trophy.

“I’m playing Ross Muir who I played two years ago at the UK Championships and I’m expecting a tough game,” he added.

“But hopefully I will have enough to get through and get a bit of momentum going in the competition.

“The goals is always to win competitions and it doesn’t really matter what competition that is to be honest.

“To get a trophy would be the icing on the cake for my career and I am as motivated as ever to try and do that.”

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