Ted Hankey is back and looking to play darts with a smile.

Known as much for his oche rage as his darting talent, Hankey dropped away from the top level of the game due to emotional and physical setbacks. Now he is back, the two-time world champion is as enamoured with the game as he has ever been, and still has a competitive edge.

“No matter where you go, if you play this game, you’ve got to enjoy it,” said ‘The Count’ in an interview with Tungsten Tales.

“It’s an amazing game, a fantastic game. The excitement of this sport is why I’ve played it since I was nine years old.

On his ambitions, Hankey stated: “The season’s coming to a close. I’ve got to look forward to the next 12 months. I’d like to be in the top 16, so I can qualify for the BDO majors.

“I’ve got ability – you don’t lose what I’ve got. It’s just about finding it and bringing it back.”

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Foto: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Close but no cigar

The quest to return to majors almost yielded results right away. Hankey flew through the qualifying field for the BDO World Trophy but fell just short. It’s a promising step, but there was some lingering disappointment at a chance missed.

“I really had a good day there. I played some great players, I got to the final, and John Scott beat me 5-3.

“Nothing against John, but that was my worst game of the day and I didn’t perform,” he admitted.

New horizons

Hankey has appeared in 16 BDO World Championships, winning two of them. He’ll be aiming for a 17th, but it would be at the Indigo within London’s O2 Arena. The Stoke thrower has mixed feelings about the move from the Lakeside.

“The BDO decided to make a change. You can’t knock them for doing that,” he said.

“(The Indigo) is a fantastic venue, nice people. I really hope it works for them.

“But I do feel sad that we’ve lost Lakeside and we’ve lost Bob Potter. I love him to bits, and Lakeside was special.”

Author: Ed McCosh