Chris, 13, could be a world snooker champ one day

DONCASTER wonderkid Chris Keogan is in the frame to be a future world snooker champion. But don't just take our word for it. That's the view of the current title holder, Rotherham's Shaun Murphy.

The pair share a coach, and Shaun reckons the Donny Dynamo will play at the Crucible one day.

"He looks really good," said the player they call The Magician, who continues the defence of his title in Sheffield tonight.

"His cue action is fantastic. He looks the part, acts the part, so who knows, we could be seeing him at the World Championships one day."

The 13-year-old from Sprotbrough first picked up a cue aged six and graduated to a full size table last year.

He should be ready for his first competition in 12 months having already chalked up an impressive 83 break. Luckily, maths is one of his favourite subjects at Ridgewood School.

"I've told him he has to save up his pocket money for a waistcoat," says dad Les.

"He's really level headed - he doesn't brag or tell anyone about his snooker. It's his own private world. He'll just come home and eat his lasagne."

Rovers fan Chris plays football for Sprotbrough Crusaders and cricket for Warmsworth.

He's not bad at badminton either, but there's only one thing that sends him loopy - snooker.

Les said: "We'll go on holiday in our caravan to Filey and every night we'll have to go to the snooker club for an hour and a half. I don't mind, it means I can have a pint!"

Chris is under the wing of world champion coach Steve Prest, who knows his prodigy is pretty special.

He said: "He works hard and is taking everything on board. He's a very professional 13-year-old and is a credit to his mum and dad.

"He's showing all the traits of being something very special and is giving himself every chance of going all the way."

Chris, whose hero is Leeds-born Paul Hunter, dreams of playing at the Crucible, but knows a lot of hard work lies ahead.

The starlet said: "We're working on break building at the moment. Sometimes I get carried away and push forward when I'm taking a shot. You need to keep still."

The Keogans watched Shaun see off his first round opponent James Wattana in Sheffield at the weekend.

It keeps alive his chance of repeating a remarkable victory which surprised everyone a year ago. Except our Chris, that is.

Les said: "Chris went to watch him in the qualifying round. He came back and said Shaun Murphy would win the World Championships. I wish I'd had a bet!"

The family are off to watch Rocket Ronnie O'Sullivan on Sunday, hoping it won't be their last visit to the theatre of Chris's dreams.