Glen Durrant admits that he fears he could be shot down by Fallon Sherrock’s arrows in Nottingham. The three-times BDO World Champion faces the new oche queen in the Premier League at the Motorpoint Arena tomorrow on Thursday night.
Speaking exclusively to Phil Lanning, on behalf of Colossus, Glen Durrant said: “It’s the toughest game, the game I didn’t want. I was desperate to play Chris Dobey in Newcastle, it would have been unbelievable for our area. So it was a bit of a shock to get Fallon and it will be the hardest game in my Premier League.”
“I’ve spoken to Chris. He dealt with it tremendously at the World Championships. He is different than me. I’ll never be a poker player, I can’t hide my emotions. It’s going to be a test of my mental strength. That’s something I do need to improve on. I need to get off to a quick start.”
“But it is the game that people are asking me most about. I’ve got to win it. I do fear relegation in the Premier League, definitely. I’ve always been a winner but there’s got to be a time when things will dip.”
“Last year was incredible, can I do that again in 2020? I believe I’ve still got a major title in me. If I can just get a little bit fitter, stronger. I’m a lot wiser now. I know how tough the travelling is going to be.”
“The Premier League is scary. I don’t want to be just an also-ran and finish on zero points. I want to be up there and challenging. I want my legacy to be that I beat Michael van Gerwen in Rotterdam or that I was up against Fallon and struggling and she was riding through the Glen yet I go on to win the match.”
“But I still think there’s time for me to do something special in the PDC. I was the big cheese in the BDO, I could have done anything I wanted to. Now I’m a nobody.”
“Very strict rules, very professional at the PDC but you are playing for 16 million quid this year. So for me I’ve gone from being an amateur to a professional. In a football analogy I’ve gone from Championship to Premier League.”
He added: “It was amazing playing darts at Middlesbrough. The players were coming to me asking me for photos and I was the one starstruck in there!
“Jonathan Woodgate is a very good darts player. Four of the guys did a nine-dart challenge. Britt Assombalonga and Adam Clayton won it. I played him in a game. Target gave all the players a set of darts so that went down a treat.”
“They are just young lads doing very normal things, playing darts and there’s a pool table and table tennis table in their recreation room in between training. That room is just for them, Woodgate is not allowed in there, so it’s a real honour for someone new to go in there and that was me.”
“I think a few of them are coming to watch me at the Premier League in Newcastle which should be great. I didn’t get beaten by any of them. I played against George Saville, I totally changed his throw and he appreciated that. We had a 501 against 301 game. I tried to let him win but I still won it.”
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