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Durrant to let BDO World Championship fate decide his darting future

Jamie Shaw in BDO Darts News 10 Jan 2018
Durrant will head to Q School if he exits Lakeside prior to the Semi-Final stage (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)
Glen Durrant has revealed he will remain a BDO player for the rest of his career should he reach the Semi-Finals of the 2018 Lakeside World Championship. 
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Durrant, the reigning BDO World Champion, has previously expressed his desire to ply his trade in the Professional Darts Corporation as of next season, but contractual ties may prevent him from following his darting dream.
The Middlesbrough ace faced an uncertain future heading in to his Lakeside title defence but has now set the record straight as to where he will be playing his darts from 2018 onwards.
“I’ve made the decisions and rubber-stamped them with Mac [my manager],” said Durrant.  “If I lose to Fitton or in the Quarter-Finals, then I’m going to have a go at Q School.
“If I get to the Semi-Finals, final or win it, then my PDC dream is over because if I don’t go this year, at my age, then I’ll make an announcement that I’ll never go to the PDC.
“It really is now or never but I’m here to win the Lakeside title. 
“I’m going to let fate decide what happens for me.”
Durrant has signed a player’s contract which prevents him from switching codes immediately after this week’s Lakeside Championship if he were to reach the Semi-Finals.
The 47-year-old, however, would be free to enter the PDC’s Qualifying School from January 18-21 if he was to be knocked out of Lakeside at the Quarter-Final stage or earlier.
And ‘Duzza’ is adamant he will let his latest Lakeside campaign determine his decision, adding: “That’s my decision, if I lose on Wednesday or in the Quarters, my name will go down for Q School.
“I’ve spoken to the BDO, they know, and if they’re saying what they’re saying, they’d like me to get to the Semis or final so I can stay with them.
“Semis, final or win it, then I’ll be a BDO player.
“I would love to go to Q School, I would love to play PDC but I’ve never disrespected the BDO, I was a proud champion.”
Durrant takes on three-time Lakeside semi-finalist Darryl Fitton in Round Two on Wednesday evening for the right to face either Conan Whitehead or Jim Williams in the Last Eight.
The BDO number one believes he has a limited time remaining in the sport’s top echelons and has become tired of the speculation surrounding his future.
“My back is not the greatest, age is catching up now,” he added. “I believe I’ve got another five good more years in me.  
“I’m not going to have this PDC talk anymore because it just messes with my brain too much.
“It’s been a very interesting year.
“I certainly made the decision at the beginning of the year when I won the title that I didn’t really want to do the BDO tour.
“It does take an awful lot out of you.
“Barnsley and Wigan sounds very appealing instead of Denmark, Holland, Finland – the whole circuit is very tiring and I’m still working full-time.”
Durrant, who balances his darts career with a demanding job as a social housing organisation manager, scaled down his tournament appearances in 2017 in favour of touring the Lakeside trophy on the exhibition circuit.
He has featured alongside the likes of Phil Taylor, Gary Anderson and Dennis Priestley in exhibition nights but admits he was relieved to hand back the trophy upon his return to Frimley Green this week.
“I dreamt of that trophy and at the end of it, it was just beginning to be a bit of a chore,” Durrant admitted.
“I promised myself I would take it from Land’s End to John o’ Groats and on social media it was a bit of a joke about how it was with me all the time.
“There was no emotion about giving it back, it’s something that will stay with me because it’s a fabulous trophy but I was glad to give it back.”

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