Montgomery on WDF during the pandemic after PDC switch: "It was like they were banging their head against a wall"
Montgomery won his PDC Tour Card outright at Q-School and spoke about the shock of how professional it all was and whether it has sunk in.
"It sounds strange in one aspect and great in the other aspect because of the opportunities that can possibly arise for me. It really sank in the last week or so speaking to a few of my close friends and then just reading through and looking through PDC contracts. It's actually starting to sink in now," said Montgomery to The Darts Show podcast.
"I spoke to Alan (Soutar) on many occasions and he said to me about last year going down with him but I was getting involved in other things at the time. But when I played the Grand Slam in 2017, I knew how the PDC was organised and knew what to expect. I got to MK and it was a little bit more than I expected. The quietness is what amazed me. You couldn't ask for any better."
"The way they look after their players is second to none."
For Montgomery though, the expectations weren't there going into Q-School with a stint on the Challenge Tour his likely aim.
"When I won my card I was like oh my god. Personally I didn't think I'd get my Tour Card, I was looking forward to the Challenge Tour. I had no expectations but getting it, I was gobsmacked. First time I was probably lost for words in my life."
"I'd just like to go and play well. I'm not going to chase anybody, I'm not going to try and emulate or equal anybody. I'm just going to enjoy my darts and see what happens."
But coming from the BDO/WDF system, he said he had to make the move to the PDC due to the opportunities and that despite the latter trying their best, the lack of potential darts was an issue.
"It was a sorry state (the BDO) but I was looking forward to the WDF taking over. There was always a niggling doubt in the back of my mind that was nothing that you could really commit to with the pandemic. I know the WDF were trying really hard, they're limited to what they can and can't do but it was like they were banging their head against a wall unfortunately."