Arron Monk is hoping to bring himself back into the big time after signing with Red Dragon Darts, one of the leading darts manufacturers. ‘Mad Monk’ a former World Youth Champion has had a different career to the man he defeated in that final, Michael van Gerwen.

He has regained his tour card and now signed with Red Dragon though as he hopes to bring his career back on track.

Monk formally with Unicorn has changed to Red Dragon and admits that Rob Cross was one of the reasons he grafted as he felt he had the ability to do the same.

He admitted in the interview with Phil Lanning for Red Dragon Darts: “I took darts for granted. I thought I would just keep on winning without putting in the hard graft that I needed to.

“I was also a bad loser and when things went wrong I didn’t handle it like I should have. In the end I just didn’t get the results and disappeared.

“I carried on with my own life and jobs being a plumber and personal trainer and darts became secondary in my life.

“But then last year I looked at the rise of Daryl Gurney and Rob Cross and felt that I could be like that.

“There were guys that I had beaten regularly when I was a bit younger who were getting results and I felt I had the ability to do the same.

“Obviously I’d beaten all the top guys at one stage or other. I’m not saying that I could’ve done what Michael has because he’s been phenomenal, but I could have achieved more than I have thus far.

“Strangely enough I have a good record against Michael. We’ve met nine times and I’ve beaten him twice, but I’d rather not play him right now!

“I made the decision to have a crack at Q School in January and it paid off by getting my tour card back. Now I really am re-born, it’s a second coming for me.”

He ended the interview by saying the following: “I’ve got the right backing, now it’s just up to me to get the results.”

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Author: Samuel Gill