Simon Whitlock didn’t hold back when talking about a couple of sore points that have come up this year.

The world number 12 recently reached a World Series semi-final and has also posted some good showings on both the European Tour and floor circuits. He started the year higher in the Order of Merit and seemed bound for a Premier League spot. Whitlock was overlooked, however. And it’s something that still rankles with the Wizard.

“I thought I’d be in [the Premier League] 100 per cent, until Raymond [van Barneveld] decided to say he was going to retire.

“That probably cost me a spot,” Whitlock suggested to Live Darts.

“It did hurt me. I am gutted I wasn’t in the Premier League, because when I did play last year, I got pluracy, and that affected my whole tournament.

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Agendas and contenders

Whitlock is refusing to let the Premier League snub get him down. In fact, he appears to have left the tournament behind for good.

“Forget that. I’m looking towards the future now. I’ll probably never play in the Premier League again, because I’m 50 and they’re not looking for people my age any more.

“I’m never giving up darts until I can’t throw them any more.”

A tenth spot opened up by Gary Anderson’s absence also seemed set to go to Whitlock. Instead, the PDC opted for the controversial ‘contenders’ option. Feedback was mostly positive, thanks in part to memorable cameos from the likes of John Henderson and Chris Dobey. The Australian isn’t having any of it.

“I’ll be honest, I thought it was stupid. I didn’t think it worked at all,” declared Whitlock.

“The Premier League should be the top ten in the rankings, and that way you know what you’re playing for. Twice now, I’ve been top ten and I’ve been dumped from it.”

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Point to prove

The Hornby ace recently became embroiled in a row surrounding dartboards. He contended that the Unicorn boards used the PDC weren’t up to muster; the PDC’s own research disagreed. It led to Whitlock becoming the eye of a very public storm. Australia’s number one has stood firmly behind his position, and reiterated that his setup isn’t the problem.

“My points do not damage the board. I think it’s all the other players, and the just use me because – I don’t know why. Because I’m creative, I make my own points.

“They do not damage the boards, everybody can see that,” Whitlock said.

“I’m making my own points out of Allen keys, they sit in the board so pure. They’re so much better than a normal dart point and people will start to use my product when my company makes them.

“I’m always experimenting. I don’t charge my darts, I just change points, shafts, flights. I’m always looking for the best results I can get.

“At the moment, what I’ve got is working very well for me.”

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Author: Ed McCosh