The sports of darts most prestigious multi stage event has not been claimed by either of its two most recent World Champions. Both are eager to put that right this year:
Having further cemented his legacy among the sport’s all-time greats by becoming a two-time World Champion, Wright has made winning the Premier League title of the first time his priority in 2022.
The sport’s most colourful character will star in his ninth consecutive campaign this year and is still looking to add the Premier League trophy to his ever-expanding cabinet.
“At the stage I’m at in my career it’s about ticking off tournaments I haven’t won,” said Wright. “The Premier League will be my main focus this year.“It’s the best of the best playing each other every week, travelling around Europe; I just love it and it’s about time I won it.
“But I’m not really thinking about my legacy, I just love playing darts and trying to beat the big boys is the enjoyment I get out of playing the game.
“It will be special to be announced as reigning World Champion again, especially after the disruption of 2020.”
World number one Gerwyn Price will also return to home territory as he takes on former Premier League winner James Wade.After missing out on the 2021 campaign due to recording a positive Covid-19 test, Price is out to make up for lost time in 2022 as he seeks a maiden Play-Off berth.
“It was gutting for me to miss out last year, but it’s nice to be back and what better way than to kick off in Cardiff,” said Price.
“It’s going to be nice, not just because it’s Cardiff, it’s probably one of the best venues for atmosphere. It’s going to be a good welcome for me and Jonny [Clayton] and for everybody else as well.
“I wouldn’t say there’s more pressure. Usually in the quarter-finals of tournaments is when I find my feet. Every week in the Premier League is quarter-finals on so hopefully that brings out the best in me.
“I missed out last year and I’ve not really done well in this tournament before. It would be nice to get into the top four and lift this trophy.
“I want to win all TV events that I haven’t won but this is the next big one on the list.”
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