Gerwyn Price will head into this weekends’ Grand Slam of Darts aiming to defend his title but also diminish what will likely be a cavalcade of boos in the Aldersley Leisure Village.

As a result Price said that he is going to try and alter his game as a result for himself and that he will potentially try to do what he does on Players Championship events and that is show emotion at the end of the game only.

“I’m going to try to alter my game a bit, not for anybody else but for myself to make me play better,” Price told The Darts Show Podcast.

“I’ve learnt to try not to react to the crowd but it can be hard work at times when you’re trying to play within yourself.

“I’m doing really well on the floor events where you can’t really show emotion and be loud, except maybe at the end of games, so I’ve been thinking that if I play like that I will probably be a better player on stage.

“I’ve only been in the game for a short period of time and I’m still trying to find a way to be the best player I can be.”

Price believes Van Gerwen is there to be knocked off the top spot

Price went onto speak about Michael van Gerwen as well as his current frame of mind. He said that from his perspective he isn’t the player he once was and that he’s there to be knocked off his perch.

He said about his current state that he’s full of confidence and while he is in a good place but not mentally, he is doing alright,

“Michael [van Gerwen] isn’t the player he once was and he’s there to be knocked off I think,” added Price.

“I now believe I can be world number one, whereas two years ago I would never have believed I could.

“I’ve reached the quarters, semis and finals of most events now so I think on merit I deserve to be considered a contender.”

“I’m coming into the Grand Slam this year playing well and full of confidence, whereas last year I wasn’t. Defending the title doesn’t really bother me.

“I’m in a good place, probably not mentally, but I’m doing alright.”

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Author: Samuel Gill