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Durrant has heart set on PDC switch following memorable Grand Slam of Darts campaign

Middlesbrough ace Durrant celebrates (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Glen Durrant has revealed his decision regarding a potential switch to the PDC in 2017 "has been made" following an impressive debut in the Grand Slam of Darts.

Durrant, the current BDO number one, enjoyed a fine run to the last 16 of the sport's biggest cross-code event before eventually going down 10-7 to Raymond van Barneveld on Thursday night.

His run to the knock-out stages in Wolverhampton included commanding victories over Alan Norris and Nathan Derry, as well as an agonising last-leg defeat to PDC World Champion Gary Anderson en route to finishing runner-up in Group E.

The 45-year-old admits he has relished the opportunity to compete on the PDC stage this week, but is left to rue what might have been after coming up short to the five-time World Champion.

"I'm sure I'll take some positives out of the week," said Durrant. "It's been a fabulous experience, but at this time, I'm immensely disappointed. 

"I was hoping to go a little bit further and it's not getting past that final hurdle that's hurting me at the moment.

"I don't normally battle back in matches, I'm usually a great front-runner and I just felt if I'd have gone 6-5 ahead I might have gone on to run away with the game."

Durrant, a winner of nine BDO ranking titles this year, has been continually linked with a move to the sport's elite organisation next season and revealed his Grand Slam exploits have helped to finalise his decision.

"I'm a big fan of the PDC and the product they have in place," he added.

"The fans, the stage and the whole setup was all very special and I'll never forget the experience.

"I've got a huge decision to make and I would say I've made that decision now.

"I'll speak to the right people first, my manager, the BDO and the PDC, but in my mind I've made the decision already."

Durrant will look to defend his Winmau World Masters title next month, while his final appearance in a BDO event is likely to come at Lakeside in January - where 'Duzza' will resume his quest for a first world title.

The proud Teessider admitted he had put BDO duties to the back of his mind ahead of his maiden Grand Slam campaign and will now take time to reflect on the biggest week of his career to date.

"I'd never once thought of the World Masters or Lakeside, my focus for a long time had been on the Grand Slam," added Durrant.

"I'm a huge Middlesbrough fan and the support I've had from the town has been fantastic, very humbling and a big inspiration to me.

"Now is probably a time for a bit of reflection before I get my head on for the World Masters."


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Durrant has heart set on PDC switch following memorable Grand Slam of Darts campaign

Glen Durrant has revealed his decision regarding a potential switch to the PDC in 2017 "has been made" following an impressive debut in the Grand Slam of Darts.

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