Glen Durrant will bid to become BDO world champion at the Lakeside, and a PDC Tour Card holder at Q-School – all in the space of a month.

Durrant’s bid to claim a third successive Lakeside title started with victory over Mark McGrath in round one. Once his attempt to become BDO world champion is over, he’ll be heading to Q-School with the aim of picking up a Tour Card. Speaking to Live Darts, the Teessider shared his excitement at the challenges to come.

“The entry is in,” said Durrant.

“I’m really excited for Q School. I’ve been to Barnsley and Wigan a few times to acclimatise myself, but people have told me that’s nothing compared to Q School.

“There’s talk of 800-1000 entries but I’ve had a text message to say maybe that’s a bit on the high side.

“However many there are, it’s going to be a bit different to any other open tournament I’ve played in before but I’m there to try and get my Tour Card and we’ll go from there.”

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Big step

The man from Middlesbrough is at a major career crossroads. He may be quitting his full-time job after 30 years to chase the darting dream. Or it could be business as usual, if Q-School doesn’t pan out. It all means that the coming weeks will be monumental.

“If I sat and thought what January is for me, I would crumble,” Durrant admitted.

“One option is, I could be a three-time Lakeside Champion next week. I could get my Tour Card and that would have major implications on sponsorship, management and work.

“The alternative is I could bomb out, not get my Tour Card, and there’s big changes at work with structures.

“So who knows what January is all about?”

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55 and out?

“I’ve got a seven-year plan. I don’t really want to do anything after the age of 55, so a seven-year plan is what I’m looking at,” explained the 48-year-old.

“I wish I was 25 and physically fit, I feel the aches and pains. I’m around the same age as Gary Anderson, and he’s saying how much of a toll it’s taking on his body, I’m talking about doing another seven years.

“I believe in my ability. Who knows what the future’s going to be?

“I’ve got a couple of sponsorship deals and management deals if I get a Tour Card. Compared to what I get as a BDO player, it’s three or four times higher in figures.”

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Author: Ed McCosh