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Debutant Dobey justifying his leap of faith with dream run at the Grand Slam of Darts

Dobey celebrates on the Grand Slam stage (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Emerging star Chris Dobey feels he is beginning to reap the rewards after recently quitting his job to become a full-time PDC professional. 

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The 26-year-old swapped tarmac for tungsten after leaving his role as a traffic management operative in the North East to focus on making further inroads on the PDC Order of Merit.

Nicknamed 'Hollywood', Dobey has played a star role in the 2016 Grand Slam of Darts, embarking on a dream run to the Quarter-Finals in his debut campaign at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall.

Dobey finished runner-up in Group H before edging out Jamie Hughes in a nail-biting last-leg decider to set up a show-down with multiple major winner James Wade, and admits his performances this week have justified his decision to place full faith in his ability.

"I've been putting a lot of time in now that I've finished working," said Dobey. "As much time as you put in, you'll get out.

"It's just proving to me that I've done the right thing by quitting my job.

"If we don't win, we don't get paid so it puts more pressure on but it has freed me up to put more time in on the practice board and so far it has paid off.

"This is the biggest week of my career so far. Getting more and more time on that big stage is massive for me and hopefully it continues."

Dobey has been mentored closely by back-to-back World Champion Gary Anderson under the Tommy Gilmour stable and has hailed the influence of Anderson on his career so far.

"Gary let's me do my own thing," added Dobey, who booked his place in the Grand Slam via the PDC qualifying event. "He doesn't put any pressure on me but he helps a lot.

"Before Minehead [The Players Championship Finals] next week I'll be travelling down to his place to practice.

"He's investing a lot of time in me and his encouragement means a lot."

Dobey is now poised for the most important match of his career to date when he faces 2010 Grand Slam runner-up Wade on Saturday night with a place in the Semi-Finals at stake.

Dobey's run this week will see him break into the world's top 50 for the first time and he remains bullish about his chances of pulling off a major upset by shutting down 'The Machine'.

"I'll play anybody, I don't mind," added the Bedlington ace. "I know I have the game to live with the top players and I've shown that this year."


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