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Crucible: World Championship transfer ‘inevitable’, says John Higgins

As John Higgins prepares for his thirtieth World Championship look, the four-time champion thinks a transfer away from the Crucible is “inevitable”.

The well-known Sheffield venue has staged snooker’s largest competitors yearly since 1977, with the present settlement attributable to expire in 2027.

Higgins has by no means missed the occasion since his match debut in 1995, taking the highest prize in 1998, 2007, 2009 and 2011.

World primary Ronnie O’Sullivan is amongst these saying it ought to be staged elsewhere, with Higgins telling BBC Sport: “I believe it is inevitable. The panorama of the snooker world can have modified in three years.

“I am simply fortunate that I’ve gained it right here. Will probably be unhappy to depart, it has been an enormous a part of my life.

“I believe in the event you requested different gamers who’ve by no means lifted the trophy right here, that might be one thing they’d most likely remorse for the remainder of their lives.

“The financial institution stability won’t say that [for future winners], however in the event you look again on the historical past and the champions earlier than them, they’d like to have gained it right here as a result of it is particular. It is the perfect place to play snooker.”

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