This week, the reigning back-to-back BDO World Champion Glen Durrant makes his return to the Wolverhampton to compete in the bwin Grand Slam of Darts which all kicks off tomorrow at the newly appointed Aldersley Leisure Village venue. Durrant was highly impressive in last years Grand Slam event in which he went on to the quarter-finals as he was only beaten by the World no.2 Peter Wright in a thriller, and as you all may remember, Durrant so very nearly landed the elusive nine-dart leg as he just missed D12.
Since then, Durrant has managed his schedule more as he’s chosen his events carefully, and following his defense of the BDO World Championship crown, Durrant is ready for the next chapter in his career as a future in the Professional Darts Corporation moves ever closer. The BDO recently lifted their bans on their players competing at PDC Qualifying School, It’s certainly a decision that affected the Teesside-based star, as just 12 months ago, Durrant had planned to got to qualifying school, but due to contractual reasons with the BDO, that wasn’t possible.
Durrant spoke to the Professional Darts Corporation earlier this week ahead of the Grand Slam, and he’s most certainly up for the task over the course of the next week.
“It’s a new venue and I guess that we’re all on a level playing field there,” said Durrant. “I’m looking forward to it, it’s great.
“It’s a big, big competition for us BDO players. It’s a fantastic competition to go to and we’re really excited. I really like Wolverhampton – it’s a place that I really enjoy.”
“I averaged close to 99 at the World Masters and I’ve won tournaments before with a lot less average than that,” he added. “Put me on a stage and I’m playing really well still.”
The back-to-back BDO World Champion will kick off his bwin Grand Slam of Darts campaign as he faces Simon Whitlock tomorrow afternoon, and he’ll need to produce something near his best game if he’s to make it out of group F which includes the likes of Simon Whitlock (7), Gerwyn Price and Andrew Gilding.