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I will only get better - Trump

Judd Trump has aimed a pot shot at the snipers among his fellow players and warned them his time to dominate snooker has arrived.

The newly-crowned UK champion felt affronted by even mild criticism from within the game during his run to the biggest title of his life at the York Barbican Centre.

Now the 22-year-old from Bristol wants to ram his critics' words down their throats by gathering trophy after trophy, with the Masters and World Championship titles firmly in his sights for 2012.

And, ominously, Trump has claimed he was only playing in third gear over the past week, promising he will be a better player by the time he heads to the Crucible in April.

"A few players I've beaten in York have criticised me but they all know my weaknesses and my strengths and if they still can't beat me like that, when I'm not playing great, then if I start playing well hopefully I'll beat them easier," Trump said.

"Before this tournament I said no-one could really dominate the game, but playing this week has probably changed my mind.

"Having not played great all week and still pulled off the wins I have, it's just going to bring more confidence.

"A few of the players are getting on a bit now and I think there's big gaps for younger players like myself and maybe others to come through."

Trump knocked out Ronnie O'Sullivan in the second round, leaving the former world number one in severe danger of dropping out of the world's top 16 and having to go through qualifying for the World Championship.

The swashbuckling left-hander added the scalp of another former world champion, Neil Robertson, in the semi-finals, before a hard-fought 10-8 victory over Northern Ireland's Mark Allen handed him the title.

What is clear with Trump is that his long-potting is unparalleled in the modern game, while tactically he is maturing rapidly but not yet the complete package.

Trump might not like his limitations, however minor, being pointed out, but even he acknowledged he made mistakes in York and left himself room for improvement.

That factor made victory all the more sweet.

"To beat the players I have playing the way I did is a real boost because a lot of them played well and I still managed to beat them quite easily," Trump added.

"I just like to prove them wrong. They always go on about how I'm just potting and my positioning isn't great, but if they can't beat me like this, imagine if I get my positioning better.

"They all know my weaknesses and if they still can't beat me it's their own fault."

Now Trump, who began the season as an unfulfilled talent ranked well outside the top 16, has jumped to fifth in the world rankings and is seemingly on an inexorable climb towards the top step.

This year's World Championship runner-up is targeting greater success in the next 12 months, starting at Alexandra Palace - the new home for the Masters - in January.

"The Masters has always been a great tournament and I've only ever played in it once, so it's nice to be back in it and not having to qualify for it," he said.

"I'm looking forward to the World Championship but there's a long way until then. I've still got a lot of improving to do.

"Winning the UK is obviously a brilliant confidence boost but the World Championship is a longer format and you've got to play brilliantly for two whole weeks. To keep that up is quite tiring. I'm obviously excited about the rest of the season."