An eight-year-old snooker star who needs to stand on an upturned box to reach the table has become an internet hit after videos of his trick-shots went viral.
Westley Cooper – who stands just 3ft 4ins high and is dwarfed by even the smallest cue – is hotly tipped to be the next Ronnie O’Sullivan.
The little lad, who has been potting balls since he was aged five, has now been talent-spotted by an American TV channel.
Producers contacted his dad, also called Westley, after spotting his incredible trick-shots on YouTube, which included him beating former World Champion Stephen Hendry.
Little Westley Cooper – nicknamed ‘Wee Man’ by his family – always stands on an upturned vegetable crate to reach the table.
Last week his family were approached by talent spotters working on a new American TV programme for the NBC network.
The show, called Little Big Shots, will be hosted by comics Ellen DeGeneres and Stephen Harvey and feature snooker whizz-kids from around the world.
TV bosses spotted the Westley wowing large audiences with his pots and trick shots on videos his proud family posted on YouTube.
Talent scout Carl Pocket contacted Westley’s family, of New Parks, Leicester, last week to entice them to California.
Westley says: “I am over the moon about it. I would love to make it to the programme.
“I am so excited I have told my friends at school.”
His dad, Westley Senior, 36, a plasterer, added: “”Westley started playing when we went to Butlins when he was five.
“He had a go on the snooker table there and loved it so it all went on from there.”
“He plays every day now. He always says he will become the youngest world champion. He is like that, very mature for his age.
“But he is very small, and that’s why he has to use the crate. I would guess he is just under four foot tall.”
The dad-of-four added: “We have to now provide a home video of Westley performing a few trick shots and doing what he does on the snooker table.
“We are busily working on the video which we will send over as soon as possible.
“If all goes well NBC will fly us over to California all expenses paid to record with Steve Harvey and Ellen DeGeneres and also get paid USD1,500 (£970) for the trouble.
“It is incredible. It all looks too good to me true.
“Westley has been so excited by the prospect of going on the programme.
“It is also gratifying that the talent scouts for the programme have gone out of their way to contact us.”
Talent scout Carl Pocket said: “I am on the search for amazing stories, amazing talents, and amazing kids.
“While searching I stumbled upon an article about Westley Cooper’s snooker playing and trick shots and wanted to reach out and see if our show would be something he would be interested in.
“Once I get Westley’s home interview footage I will sit down with our editors and have them edit it into a package for NBC, then our team will pitch it the next week.”