John Henderson has reflected after a whirlwind week in his career which saw him make his Premier League debut in front of a home crowd in Aberdeen.

‘Highlander’ said that it is an experience that will live with him forever and it was even better for him to draw against Van Gerwen.

“I’ve never experienced anything like it and I don’t think I ever will again in my darting career, it will live with me forever,” said Henderson.

“When I first got told I was going to be playing in Aberdeen the hairs on the back of my neck stood up and it was truly an honour to take Gary’s place.

“I loved the bagpipes during the walk-on but it was hard for me to hear them because the crowd were so loud; they were absolutely fantastic for me and I want to thank every one of them.

“I’ve played in great atmospheres at Ally Pally and the Winter Gardens but that was just phenomenal, and to draw with the best player in the world in your hometown just left me speechless.

“I felt a little bit nervous because I was so desperate to play well for the fans, even if I got beat 7-0 I just wanted to play well and thankfully I think I made everyone’s night.”

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Author: Samuel Gill