Webster determined to put himself in the frame for Premier League and World Series

Webster celebrates (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Darren Webster says he is determined to put himself in the shop window for a potential place in the Premier League and World Series next season.

Webster, 50, has climbed to 14th in the PDC Order of Merit after enjoying a landmark 18 months in which he has reached three major Quarter-Finals and three ProTour finals.

Webster heads into a hectic back end of the season defending minimal prize money against his ranking and could potentially break into the world's top ten for the first time in his career.

The Norwich ace has been overlooked for wildcard picks in the World Series and Premier League to date but has vowed to give PDC bosses no option but to select him on merit by impressing in the upcoming majors.

"If I can win the Grand Prix I know I'll get an invite so that's what I have to look at," Webster told Live Darts.

"I can't wait for them to pick me, I have to make them put me there and that's what all the practice and hard work is for.

"You don't get anywhere in life by sitting on your backside, you've got to work for it and that's what I've done all my life.

"I use the same theory for my building as I do my darts - get up in the morning and graft."

Webster recently quit his full-time job as a builder in order to focus on his career in the top echelons of world darts but says he still takes up odd jobs to occupy himself in between practice and competition.

He added: "I still get up in the morning and I get bored so I have to do something with my life.

"You can only throw so many darts in a day so you've got to keep the mind fresh.

"The only thing with building work is I have to be a bit careful with my hands.

"When I wake up in the morning it gives me a purpose in life.

"I just do it now at my leisure whenever I feel like it and other than that just concentrate on my darts for the next couple of years."

Webster has been handed a First Round clash with Stephen Bunting in the Unibet World Grand Prix in Dublin on Sunday.

The Demolition Man will warm up for the double-start major by competing in two Players Championship events on Friday and Saturday before facing the former Lakeside Champion at the Citywest Hotel.

Webster defeated Bunting by three sets to two in the opening round of the 2016/17 World Championship and admits his double top hitting will prove pivotal if he is to progress.

"I've always said for me to kick-start anywhere it would be under the double start because with my double top I'm quite confident," he added.

"I'm practicing well so you never know.

"I played Stephen at the Worlds, he hasn't gone through a good time lately but he's starting to pick his game up again.

"You never know what's going to happen on the night but my game's been going well so I'm looking forward to it.

"I always do well in Ireland! I've had one of my best weekends there, I won Irish Masters on the Friday and then Semi-Finals and Quarter-Finals of a ProTour on the same weekend and that put me in the World Championship about four or five years ago.

"I've not got much to defend for the rest of the season so one good run could put me in the top eight, let alone top ten, so that's my goal now."



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