New Year’s Day 2020 will live long in Glen Durrant’s memory.

It was the day that the former BDO world number one was confirmed as a Premier League participant. A contender last year, Durrant earned the chance to play week-in, week-out in one of the PDC’s most prestigious events. He started in fine form, claiming a maiden win over Michael Smith in Aberdeen. Duzza had more than one reason to celebrate an ideal start to the year.

“I had the euphoria of watching Peter Wright win the world final.

“Peter was arguably my best friend on the circuit last year, he treated me amazingly well and I couldn’t have been any happier for him.

“When Barry Hearn announced that I was in the Premier League, my phone was going crazy,” Durrant revealed to Tungsten Tales.

“It’s a special moment for me. I’m with the elite players now; if that’s not something to celebrate, I don’t know what is.”

The Middlesbrough star admitted that the build-up to the announcement was tense; while most were tipping him to be picked, the 49-year-old suffered a day of uncertainty before the confirmation came.

Durrant recalled: “My manager was sending me messages – ‘I’ve not had the call yet’.

“He said ‘When I managed Jelle [Klaasen] and Kim Huybrechts, we’d got the call by now, it’s not looking good.

“Five past seven, the worlds was just starting. Matt [his manager] rang and said ‘I can’t hold it in no more, two words – you’re in’.”

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Sherrock awaits

It’s a dream come true for the three-time BDO world champion. But one fantasy tie with a contender didn’t come to pass, and a historic clash with Fallon Sherrock in Nottingham beckons.

“I was adamant that I was playing Chris Dobey in Newcastle. It’s the game he wanted, the game I wanted.”

Discussing the Sherrock tie, Durrant said: “That’s the game that’s the sort of the highlight. It’s going to be an unbelievable challenge for me.

“I don’t think I’ll have had so many people booing me! It’s just part of the adventure.

“I’m just determined to enjoy the Premier League, no matter what happens.”

Ambition

Durrant marked a fantastic debut season by winning on the floor and reaching three major semi-finals. The 2019 PDC Best Newcomer award winner wants to go a step further in 2020.

“I would love to lift a trophy. I can’t keep saying ‘the experience is great’. I’m 50 this year.

“Peter Wright wins his world title at 49. I do believe that if the circumstances are right, I can lift a major title.

“That’s got to be the ambition,” said Duzza.

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Author: Ed McCosh