Gary Blades will make his return to the PDC Tour for the first time in ten years after claiming victory on Day One of PDC UK Q-School.

Blades competed in the PDC between 2005-2010; before stepping away from the sport for eight years but he came back in style with eight victories including a victory over Lisa Ashton en route.

He spoke afterwards and said that he is ‘surprised’ and ‘ecstatic’; as well as that for him the best part is knowing he will be competing with the World’s best. Also he added he hopes to follow Gerwyn Price and Rob Cross’s example when he joins the tour.

“I’m feeling like this is a weird dream,” admitted Blades. “I didn’t expected today to happen but it has – I’m surprised and ecstatic.

“I stepped away partly because of work and partly because I wasn’t playing well enough. I had a go last year and did okay, but in the last few months I’ve been playing really well.

“I’ve been consistent all day, which isn’t like me! I’ve hit good scores when I needed to and finishes when I needed to. It’s exciting knowing that when the ProTour starts I’ll be there playing the best players in the world.

“We’ll see what happens in the next two years now. Gerwyn Price and Rob Cross are the perfect examples of what can happen when you start testing yourself and get better, so hopefully I can follow in their footsteps.”

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Author: Samuel Gill