I think everyone in the snooker world will wish Jack Lisowski well in his year as the WPBSA's Paul Hunter scholar.
Jack is a great talent who had to go through the ordeal of chemotherapy after being diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphona last year.
In his first column for worldsnooker.com, he writes about how this has left him feeling weak but he's hoping regular gym sessions with Daniel Wells - the inaugural scholar two years ago with whom he is living while he is in Sheffield - will help build his strength up.
(One idea World Snooker should consider is having Jack take photos so we can see him going about his various duties during his year as scholar, not just read about them).
I interviewed Jack at the Crucible this year. Even though he is only 17 I can honestly say that he is already more articulate than several members of the top 16.
What snooker needs more than ever is for new talent to emerge. The rankings have stagnated in recent years. The new season sees only one new face join the top 16 - Mark Williams - and he's not a new face at all.
In the late 1980s, Stephen Hendry emerged as a potent threat to the game's elite.
In the early-mid 1990s, John Higgins, Ronnie O'Sullivan and Williams started turning over the established stars, followed by Matthew Stevens and Hunter.
All of these players started to make inroads while they were still teens (Hendry, Higgins, O'Sullivan and Hunter all won ranking titles before they were 20).
More recently, Ding Junhui has followed suit but for whatever reason teenage talent is finding it harder to break through.
Lisowski will spend next season on the PIOS tour and thus has a chance to become a professional in 2010.
Snooker is, of course, a hard game full of moments of great disappointment and frustration.
But after everything he's been through I'd expect Jack to make the most of his chance should it come along.