Cullen may reep the Cardiff whirlwind.

Joe Cullen will recieve a baptism of fire when he takes on Jonny Clayton, the defending champion, in Wales’ capitol City later today.

Newcomer Cullen, admits he is seeking inspiration from Clayton’s debut campaign.

Like Clayton, Cullen’s entry to the Premier League was sealed by winning The Masters and the 32-year-old revealed he is looking to prove his doubters wrong ahead of his first outing.

“I’m still on cloud nine, the last few days have been a bit of a whirlwind,” said Cullen, who sealed his first televised title in Milton Keynes on Sunday.

“Winning my first TV event and then finding out straight after that I’m in the Premier League was a bit surreal.

“I’ve waited a long time for this opportunity, it’s been my dream so to finally get the shot is pleasing.

“You always believe you can do it but until you actually do it there are times when you question whether you’re good enough.

“It’s even more exciting to be part of a new-look Premier League this year; there’s a new format, new board, new sponsor – for that to be my first one is great and I can’t wait to get going.”

The new ‘every night counts’ type format may well suit newcomers like Cullen.

There is less pressure to get points on the board early and more opportunity to gain ground later.


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