McGeeney eyeing Lakeside glory after penning Dunvegan deal

McGeeney celebrates (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Mark McGeeney believes joining the Dartan Army can help him “focus” on BDO World Championship glory.

The Gladiator has this week linked-up with Dunvegan Darts alongside Tommy Gilmour and double world champion Gary Anderson.

New BDO world number one McGeeney has leapfrogged Lakeside World Champion Glen Durrant as top dog and now wants to kick on for major title success.

McGeeney, 42, revealed: "I'm over the moon to have joined up with Dunvegan. It's a real honour and great opportunity for me.

"It’s a proper professional management team and I’ve always winged it in the past. I’ve been a one-man band all my career and it’s been a struggle at times. But now I have their backing I can just concentrate on my darts.

"I think that will make a huge difference to me. You can get caught up worrying about travel, bookings and all sorts of stuff, but now that’s organised for me and I can focus on my game.

"The sky's the limit for me now. My game will improve now, I know that for sure and I feel I can kick on for more success.

"The likes of Tommy and Gary have done it all before. Tommy has managed world champions in boxing and darts and knows how to handle everything. 

"All the boys in the Dunvegan stable have been great to me. They have great players and nice guys like Gary, Michael Smith, Ian White, Chris Dobey, Adam Hunt and Chris Quantock. We immediately clicked and that's perfect for me."

McGeeney enjoyed a fine run at the Lakeside but couldn not stop Durrant wrapping up a second successive world title. 

But the Coventry ace has vowed never to miss out again. He added: “I want to keep that World No 1 spot and I want to win major tournaments. The World Trophy is coming up, I want to try and win that and then the World Masters and then Lakeside.

"I played Glen a month after Lakeside and beat him in the Dutch Open Final. I said to myself after Lakeside, I’m never going to let him beat me again.

"I'm also guaranteed a Grand Slam place which is something I’m really looking forward to, it’s my favourite tournament of the year. To compete against the PDC guys, it’s going to be fun.”

McGeeney also revealed that he did not get his nickname from watching 90s TV hit show Gladiators, adding: "It's got nothing to do with Wolf or Shadow I can assure you!

"I just thought that dart players were like Gladiators in a coliseum, with small arrows, not spears, obviously!"

McGeeney is best-priced at 13/2 with Sportingbet to win the 2019 BDO Lakeside world title.

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