Rising star Chris Dobey has his sights firmly set on a place in the world's top 16 during 2017 following a breakthrough year in the PDC ranks.
The Bedlington thrower has risen to 47th on the Order of Merit during only his second season on the tour, with his best run in a ranking event producing a run to a Pro Tour final in Barnsley.
That resulted in him qualifying for the European Championship and Players Championship Finals for the first time, while he notably overcame former world champions Adrian Lewis and Scott Mitchell on the way to the quarter-finals during his memorable debut at the Grand Slam of Darts in November.
The 26-year-old former traffic management operative is understandably delighted with the progress he has made in such a short space of time.
“I’m in the top 50 now and have come a long way in two years. I’ve just got to keep doing what I’m doing, keep my head and I’ll go far," he said.
“It’s all about confidence and how you prepare. I’ve recently finished work and been putting more and more time in.
“Next year, I’m looking to get in the top 32 and maybe the top 16, but I’m playing well at the minute and just enjoying it.”
Dobey also marked his first appearance in the World Championship in fine style on Sunday, as he hit three ton-plus finishes in an impressive 3-1 victory over 26th seed Justin Pipe at the Alexandra Palace.
The player nicknamed 'Hollywood' is eager to light up the biggest stage of all again in the second round after Christmas, when he faces another tricky clash in either Dave Chisnall or rising Austrian star Rowby-John Rodriguez.
Nevertheless, brimming with confidence and looking to end a great year on a high, he believes that his game can only go from strength to strength.
“It’s every darts player’s dream to play on that stage and to get the win is a bonus,” he admitted. “I’m playing well and there’s better to come.
“I’ve got another hard game on my hands in Rowby or Dave, so I’ve just got to prepare right, enjoy Christmas, come back and I’ll be ready for them.”