Ken Doherty tonight admitted he would play next season but "not for much longer after that" following a very disappointing 10-5 defeat to Gerard Greene.
Ken's season is now over. He only won two matches and has been relegated from the top 32.
He said: “I’m on a slippery slope and I’m wondering where it’s going to finish.
“I’ll be back next season but not for much longer after that I wouldn’t have thought, not the way things are going.”
Doherty misses out on the Crucible for the first time since 1993.
As he always is, he was professional at his press conference. He didn't blame anything other than his own performance for the defeat.
But he will now have to win two matches to reach the Crucible next season and will need to find a vast improvement in form from somewhere to do so.