Colin Lloyd is one of only a few players to reach the world number 1 spot in the PDC. This weekend he will return to the full-time circuit after a year out. ‘Jaws’ will off to Q-School vying with around 600 other players for a coveted tour card over the four days.
The former World Matchplay and World Grand Prix champion spoke to BBC Radio Essex ahead of it and admits Gary Anderson was instrumental in his return.
“I’m doing exhibitions with Gary, I was playing quite well and he said ‘why don’t you have a go?’
“It was a case of not wanting darts to cost me money [but] he said ‘I’ll get sponsorship for you’ – so he got his manager Tommy Gilmour to give me a call and the rest is history.
“I’ve been putting the hard work over the Christmas period, I’m going to go to Q-School and try my very best to try to get a tour card.”
He continued: “Part of me deep down thinks I’m still a professional darts player and I’m still classed as a professional darts player because of the exhibitions I do.
“I think if I do get a tour card, the buzz will really come back. I’ll be putting in 100% and going at it again.
“I’m still young enough – I’m only 44 – I’m not an old man or anything like that. Phil Taylor’s only just stopped competing and Phil was 57, so maybe I’ve got another 12 or 13 years.
“I think I’ve still got the game to compete with a lot of people. I just want to know if I can still compete with the so-called best of today.
“If I can’t, I’ll be disappointed but it won’t be a problem. I’ve been at the top and nobody can ever take that away from me.”
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Author: Samuel Gill