Glen Durrant claimed a dream debut win over Michael Smith defeating the St Helens ace in a 7-3 win to reach the top of the Premier League table at this early stage.

Durrant spoke afterwards about his mindset going into the game as well as his continued disbelief as to where he is now compared to a few years ago. He also underlined his target for the season ahead which for him is to make it past Judgement Night.

“It’s a great start, I beat an amazing player tonight on one of the biggest occasions of my career,” said Durrant.

“Michael makes the game look effortless and I didn’t mean to upset his rhythm with my slower play.

“I was very nervous today, even from early this morning but I had a lovely phone call from my wife before I played and that really helped me.

“Three years ago I was watching the Premier League on a tiny TV at a club in Stockton – people were saying to me ‘you could be playing in this one day Glen’ and now I’m here – it’s an amazing story.

“My only target for this year’s Premier League is not to finish last and make sure I make it past Judgement Night.”

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Author: Samuel Gill