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Ronnie O'Sullivan set for snooker return after ending spat with governing body

World snooker champion Ronnie O'Sullivan is set to return to the main tour after settling his differences with the sport's governing body.

World snooker champion Ronnie O'Sullivan has settled his differences with the sport's governing body and is set to return to the main tour.

The 36-year-old announced after landing his fourth Crucible title that he intended to take a lengthy break.

It later emerged that the unavailability of appearance money was a factor in his refusal to sign a World Snooker players' contract, which he said was "too onerous".

He has missed ranking tournaments in China and Australia.

Today, at midday, was the deadline for O'Sullivan to sign and be eligible for December's UK Championship in York.

His management company Grove announced on Twitter: "Good news. @ronnieo147 may be playing again. Contract clarified. Uk and international in china entered."

O'Sullivan added: "Happy to be back in snooker. See you all soon xx"