Joe Cullen is confident he can use his maiden PDC title triumph as a springboard to further success in the coming months and stake a claim for a place in next season's Premier League.
The Bradford ace became the latest new winner of a PDC ranking title when he defeated Daryl Gurney 6-5 in the final of Players Championship Eight in Barnsley.
Cullen has subsequently climbed to 24th in the PDC Order of Merit and has put himself in a pole position to qualify for the remaining majors in 2017, including July's World Matchplay.
The 27-year-old admits an increased work ethic has been integral to his improved consistency over the past 12 months.
"I've really been putting the work in," he told Live PDC TV. "I'm not lazy now."
"When you come through as a youngster everyone is telling you how much natural talent you've got and I used to think I could just rely on that.
"Some days I could, I'd turn up and beat whatever was put in front of me but then I'd lose games I should never ever lose.
"Last year, I thought I'd start putting more work in and see what happens and it's starting to pay off.
"I've had a really slow start to this year but I'm over the moon to get this win and it might get even get me in the Grand Slam."
Cullen enjoyed a strong end to 2016, reaching the Last 16 of the Players Championship Finals, defeating Gary Anderson in the World Series Finals and claiming his first ever win on the World Championship stage.
The former postman now has his sights set on challenging for a wildcard spot in the 2018 Premier League as he looks to transfer his inspired floor form onto the sport's biggest stages.
"Everyone is looking towards the likes of me, Daryl [Gurney] and Gerwyn Price to push towards the Premier League next year and obviously this is a decent stepping stone for me to do so," he added.
"I very rarely look on Twitter after a bad day but I saw the stat that I was the highest ranked player not to win an event, before that it was Daryl so it's quite ironic I beat him in the final.
"I always believe I can win but it's just a case of getting up there and doing it."