We all know the story with Neil Robertson.

He came to the UK with barely pittance in his pocket. He saw the game snooker and decided to give it another go. He then conquered the World in 2010.

But it seems now there are slowly but surely a new breed of Australians coming along to follow in the footsteps of the Thunder from Down Under.

Matthew Bolton turned pro this year - after winning the Oceana Snooker Championship, and, just in recent days, the 37-year-old, already a hotshot back in his native country. The billiard star is also setting his sights on the big time in what has become a mega global sport industry.

Bolton just recently won another National Snooker Championship in Australia, as the man from Duncraig won the Lance Pannell Snooker Classic at the Yarraville Club, Melbourne, beating Johl Younger 5 - 3.

Exciting times for Australian snooker

For Bolton, this season as a pro will be an exciting one, as he becomes the third Australian to join the tour, with Neil Robertson leading from the front and in second, Kurt Dunham.

Dunham, 25, turned pro last season, but it is always difficult to make headway on the professional circuit - and the pressure to do well in the first year is tough.

Bolton, the newly appointed Aussie tour player told PressReader: "It's very, very exciting but it's also going to be very challenging."

The Western Australian potter added about his prospects of staying on tour in the top 64: "I certainly wouldn't be going if I didn't think I could make an impact."

Bolton told the Cue View website run by Cue Sports fanatic Michael Day in a Q & A interview that he would be living in Australia for the first year and travelling to events, but then would see about moving to the UK, where many of the qualifying rounds for events take place.

He also said that his fellow countrymen Robertson and Dunham, with whom he will surely get to play on the circuit at some point in the future, had been extremely supportive since he qualified for the tour.

Bolton learned the game of Billiards, which he loves, from the age of six, and told Day he may play in the World Billiards Championship in Leeds in October, provided he hasn't qualified for anything else nearer that time.

As with the UK, the state of snooker in Oz is something of a mixed bag. Whilst the pro tour boasts a huge prize pot, the amateur circuit down under has a mixed bag too.

He added: "It would be great if all professional players could make a decent living, because despite the growth, the lowly ranked players stlll fail to get by.

I think there are a lot of top amateurs and young players around the world who will never reach their potential unless they know they can make a living if they qualify for the tour."

Good luck to Bolton on the tour this season.