Nathan Aspinall recently spoke to Colossus Bets about his time away from the dart board and one of the main topics that came up was the financial effects of Coronavirus.

Aspinall admitted that he is so happy to be in the current financial situation he is in due to his darting rise.

He said though that his family might not be in a good position after this so he will be doing his best to help them.

The Stockport ace added that he is concerned for those lower down the rankings that it could be a rough period without any darts and money to earn.

“I feel very lucky to be in an OK situation. A lot of my family are in trouble with work. My mum works for the Co-op, my dad and stepdad are both self-employed and have no savings and are very worried.”

“If push came to shove, I will do my best to help my family. I do look at my life and think thank God I’ve got this money in the bank’.

“It’s not even just getting through the situation we are in now.”

“But when it all gets back up and running, the pressure I would have been under would have been incredible. I would be in debt and needing to put food on the table again.”

“It’s going to be really hard for the players outside the top 32. When it does all start up again that’s what so many players will be facing, real pressure to win matches. Any money that they have managed to save will have gone just surviving through the lockdown.”

“I’ve been in that position before and it’s really not nice, trust me. It’s so hard to play darts with that pressure.”

“To be fair to the PDC and PDPA they are constantly in touch with us. I am aware they are looking into something to protect the players who need it urgently. And I think rightly so.”

“I don’t think Michael van Gerwen needs the help! But the guys at the top would accept we have to help the lower ranked players out. I don’t know how that works but it’s important to keep everyone on the tour OK and in the best frame of mind possible.”

“The type of guy I am, I want to help, I’ve been in that position. I believe most of the top boys will want to help out.”

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Author: Samuel Gill