Ted Hankey has confirmed that one of darts’ most recognisable figures is on the way back.

‘The Count’ was a crowd-pleaser in his heyday, and had enough talent to become world champion. Recently, he has disappeared from view due to issues on and off the oche. But after sponsors Winmau hinted at a return, Hankey confirmed it in an interview with Live Darts.

“I’m doing alright. I’m doing a lot of things differently now – changed the way I eat, the way I drink – and I’m practicing every afternoon and every night,” said the 51-year-old.

“I’ve been through a lot of problems in the past 12 months, especially with my dad passing away.

“I’ve had to battle with things and get myself right. I’m feeling good now, and doing what I should be doing.

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Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

BDO return

The Stoke ace has confirmed that his BDO comeback is imminent. It all starts in Luxembourg, and could take him to Frimley Green.

“I start next month with the Luxembourg Open. Then I’m going to build into all the other tournaments that are left this season,” he revealed.

“Hopefully, something might happen. I can qualify for maybe a World Masters place, or a Lakeside place. And next season, I’d go into the full season, and go from there.

Back to the Lakeside

When asked if a Lakeside berth in 2020 is the aim at least, the Count was affirmative.

“That’s right. I’ve got mates around me who are practicing with me every afternoon and every night, and my game’s going back to where it used to be.

“Listen – everyone, whatever it is in their life, whatever problems they have, everybody takes a dip.

“I’ve had my problems but I’ve brought myself out and I’m going to go forward now.”

Is another world title, a third, in the offing?

“Hopefully, yeah. Who knows? I’ve just got to keep doing what I’m doing,” Hankey said.

“I’m playing well – I know I can play better.

“At the same time, I’m in amongst a different generation of dart players.

“Hopefully down the line, my experience will get me one of them.”

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Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Price defence

“The thing is, a lot of people are taking Gerwyn a little bit out of context.

“He’s not doing an awful lot wrong.

“The PDC, as I understand it is: when you’re playing your Tours, you’re quiet. When you get out on TV, they want you to make a noise.

“I don’t think he’s breaking any rules. I think he’s being mistreated at the moment.

And so it’s no surprise that his response to the DRA’s record-breaking fine for Price was vehement.

“Disgusting. Totally disgusting. Disgusting.

“I don’t know how anybody can come up with such a ridiculous number.

“I don’t quite know what he’s been fined for, I wouldn’t have thought it was that extreme that he got a fine.

“The lad’s just doing what he does, he pumps himself up to go and play darts. But so do a lot of other players.”

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Author: Ed McCosh