Keane Barry will make his debut at PDC Q-School this weekend after a stellar year which has seen him win both the JDC and BDO World Youth Championships.

As well as that Barry has competed in the PDC World Championship all at the age of only 17. He is under no illusions though of how hard Q-School is going to be but isn’t putting major pressure on himself to come through knowing that he has other avenues to go down.

“It’s my first time going to Q-School,” he said to Sky Sports. “I was going to go over last year, but there was a lot on. Me and Dad just said we’d give it another year, see how last year went and we’d see what the story is for 2020.

“I’m playing well, so looking forward to going over.

“I’m not going to put serious pressure on myself to get the Tour Card. It would be nice to get it, but I know myself it’s going to be hard. If it all goes well, a Tour Card on the Pro Tour for two years would be amazing. But, if not, I still have the Challenge Tour and Development Tour for the next year. It’s still a very exciting year ahead.”

“It is very hard. You have to be very consistent,” he added.

“There’s a lot of lads there that can catch you on the hop. Whoever is going there is obviously well able to throw darts. They’re not over there just to take part, they’re going over there to win their Tour Card.

“So it’s going to be very hard, but I’m looking forward to it.”

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Author: Samuel Gill