Cullen looking for Premier League return but admits it's not all 'glitz and glamour' after Heta thrashing

In one of the most impressive performances of the tournament so far, Joe Cullen set down a marker by averaging over 98 in a whitewash win over Damon Heta at the PDC World Darts Championship.

"I was confident going into tonight's game," the Rockstar revealed post-match. "I thought I played the big legs really well and I think that a lot of it's down to the Premier League where you have those moments every single Thursday night."

Having reached the final on debut at the Premier League earlier this year, Cullen missed a match dart against Michael van Gerwen to take the title before narrowly losing out 11-10 and the event is something Cullen is desperate to return to in 2023 despite he gruelling nature of it. "The Premier League is tough, everyone strives to get in it and when you get there it's not all glitz and glamour," he says. "But it's the pinnacle of darts, the best players in the world and I'm hopeful to be in next year."

With his victory over Heta putting the Rockstar into the fourth round at the Ally Pally for just the second time in thirteen attempts, Cullen has the tough task of beating Michael Smith to secure a first quarter-final appearance. "It's the World Championships, you're not going to get an easy ride," Cullen says. "I'll be bang up for the game."

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