Glen Durrant’s decision over whether to join the PDC or stick with the BDO will be decided by his Lakeside performance.
Durrant, who took the BDO world title 12 months ago, has been widely tipped to go to Q-School in 2018. The Teesside thrower recently claimed that joining the PDC would be his “last challenge”. The buzz over his potential switch even prompted PDC supremo Barry Hearn to confirm that he would not be gifted a Tour Card. But Duzza has now revealed that he will let this year’s Lakeside showing decide whether or not he makes the switch.
The 47-year-old quarter final against Jim Williams or Conan Whitehead will decide his plans for the future. Durrant said: “If I lose in the quarters, my name will go down for Q School. I’ve spoken to the BDO, they know, and if they’re saying what they’re saying, they’d like me to get to the Semis or final so I can stay with them.
“Semis, final or win it, then I’ll be a BDO player.”
Durrant has questioned his own longevity. The Middlesbrough man is unlikely to play into his 60s, as Martin Adams has.
“My back is not the greatest, age is catching up now. I believe I’ve got another five good more years in me,” he admitted.
“I certainly made the decision at the beginning of the year when I won the title that I didn’t really want to do the BDO tour. It does take an awful lot out of you.”
The top seed for the 2018 Lakeside championships has dined out on his 2017 success. But he holds no ill feelings about returning the trophy.
“I dreamt of that trophy and at the end of it, it was just beginning to be a bit of a chore,” Durrant said.
“I promised myself I would take it from Land’s End to John o’ Groats. On social media it was a bit of a joke about how it was with me all the time. There was no emotion about giving it back. It’s something that will stay with me because it’s a fabulous trophy but I was glad to give it back.”
Durrant is also reportedly unwilling to give up his day job. With progression to the Lakeside semi-finals being likely, a move to the PDC seems further away than ever.
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Author: Ed McCosh