Brendan Dolan recently claimed his first title in nearly five years as the Northern Irishman rolled back the years to go back on form in the Players Championship series.

Dolan spoke recently to the Darts Show podcast and admitted that it’s especially good when you have doubted yourself to pull it out of the bag.

He added that from his perspective he wants to be up at the sharp-end and not just one of those players taking part.

“It’s absolutely brilliant,” Dolan told the Darts Show podcast. “It’s such a great feeling because when you go without a win for so long you start to doubt yourself. You know you can play well but maybe you just doubt your ability to win again.

“There are so many great players that haven’t won and you don’t want to be just one of those players taking part.”

Influence from wife before claiming victory

Dolan said that a wake up call from his wife, Teresa helped him take the pressure off and told him to wise up which went a long way in claiming the History Maker another title on the PDC circuit for the first time in nearly five years.

“It definitely was a wake-up call,” the Northern Irishman admitted.

“Basically she just took the pressure off my shoulders. I was just so worried – so many times I was heading away and not coming back with anything at all, and that weekend I had failed to qualify for the two European [events].

“I had such a bad display on the Saturday, I was just doubting my ability to win any game. Ronny [Huybrechts] was playing poorly this season as well and it wasn’t a great performance by him which is worse again.

“If somebody beats you off the board you don’t mind, but when someone is not playing well you definitely doubt your ability to get across the winning line again. I was feeling sorry for myself and I spoke to Teresa and she just told me to wise up.

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Author: Samuel Gill