Daniel Wells reached his maiden ranking event semi-final at the 2018 Scottish Open a decade after he first turned professional.
Having received a first-round walkover against Ronnie O’Sullivan, the Welshman took full advantage by defeating David Gilbert, Mark Joyce and compatriots Matthew Stevens and Ryan Day to reach the last four, ultimately losing out to Mark Allen in a deciding-frame.
Following his relegation from the professional circuit in 2022, Wells subsequently reached the semi-finals of the 2023 Shoot Out whilst competing as an amateur. The run, combined with his other results during the season, helped Wells to regain his place on the World Snooker Tour from the start of the following season via the one-year ranking list.
Wells is one of a number of players from Neath in South Wales to have turned professional, alongside the likes of Michael White and Jamie Jones.
A former recipient of the Paul Hunter Scholarship, Wells has twice come through Q School (2012 and 2015) to regain his place on the World Snooker Tour. In 2011 he won the EBSA European Championship defeating Ireland’s Vincent Muldoon 7-4.