Gerwyn Price is out to make headlines for all the right reasons, following a long-running saga with the DRA.

An appeal launched by the Welshman saw the DRA’s sanctions for his actions during a controversial Grand Slam of Darts victory reduced. Price will pay £10,000 less than the record figure originally stated. While the Iceman remained focused on the darts while the appeal was pending, an end to the dispute offers a chance to move on.

“No comment,” Price told Live Darts when it came to the verdict.

He was a little more open when it came to his Grand Slam defence, and targets for the rest of the season.

“I’m in it, that’s the main thing. I’ve got a chance to defend it.

“I always play well at the beginning of the year, and then taper off. So hopefully I’ll have a good run in one or two of the TV events. Maybe the Worlds, I’m always rubbish there.

“Top four is my next target now, over the next couple of months. If so, happy days.”

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Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Matchplay hangover

Promising early form giving way at the wrong time has already been a concern for Price. After a red-hot period of form, he was among the favourites for the UK Open, but lost to Nathan Aspinall in the semi-finals. At the World Matchplay, another event where the Grand Slam champion looked set to go the distance, Stephen Bunting caused a first round shock with a thrilling sudden death triumph.

“It’s a hard one to get over. I think I should’ve won that game,” Price said of the Blackpool loss.

“I think I was 3-0 up, a couple of legs in front coming up to the end of the game, and I just let Stephen off the hook. Fair play to him, he took his chances.

“When it was 10-all, he started to play really well. I was like, ‘Go away, like!’

“He played pretty well, he beat Ian White in the next round.

“Maybe next year…”

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Author: Ed McCosh