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Harold aiming for top 16 return

Dave Harold
Harold plays Mark King in the first round of the Welsh Open

Dave Harold is confident he can gain enough ranking points to put him back into the world's top 16.

Harold is provisionally ranked 17th, one place outside the group who do not need to qualify for ranking events.

Speaking to BBC Radio Stoke ahead of the Welsh Open, he said: "I've reached the final stages of five ranking tournaments so things are going well.

"I'm competing at the very top and if I do some damage it will be good for me in terms of reaching the top 16 again."

Harold added: "If you get in the top 16, you don't have to go through the qualifying schools at Prestatyn and places like that.

"You know that you'll be going to Wembley for the Masters and the Crucible for the World Championships, so it's a big thing and it would be a great achievement for me to get back in there."

The 42-year-old reached only the third ranking final of his career in Northern Ireland in August, eventually losing to world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan.

Harold is just 143 points behind 16th-placed Peter Ebdon in the provisional rankings list.

If he makes it back into the top 16, it will be Harold's first appearance in snooker's elite since 2002.

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see also
Harold qualifies for Welsh Open
09 Feb 09 |  Snooker
Harold improves after cue change
19 Sep 08 |  Snooker
Classy O'Sullivan wins NI Trophy
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