Gary Anderson sheds light on retirement rumours following World Championship exit

Anderson exits the Ally Pally stage (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Gary Anderson admits darts has become a “struggle” and says he plans to take “time off” next year after an eventful 2018 campaign.

Anderson saw his hopes of World Championship glory ended by rival Michael van Gerwen in the Semi-Finals at Alexandra Palace on Sunday as the Dutchman ran out an emphatic 6-1 winner.

The decorated Scot was hoping to add a third Ally Pally crown to culminate a memorable season of success which saw him claim the UK Open, World Matchplay and Champions League of Darts titles.

Anderson, who recently celebrated his 48th birthday, has hand-picked his playing schedule in recent years and says he plans to take time off in 2019 in order to spend more time with his family.

When asked by radio's Dan Dawson if he believed he would have more opportunities to win a third world title, Anderson replied: "Unless I can get time off next year to get myself sorted out, it's hard to say.

"I've always enjoyed darts, I've always had a laugh and a joke, but that's gone.

"Do I want to be here? For the last 15 or 16 months it's been a struggle.

"I've got the wee one now, when I get home I'm happy, when I'm on the lakes fishing, I'm happy. When I'm at the darts, no.

"I'm going to have a wee bit of a break next year.

"I'll be back next year, I want to do all the TV tournaments and I've probably qualified for the all the TV tournaments for the next two years.

"I'm going to do the ProTour, so TV tournaments and ProTour - that's all I'm doing.

"I ain't retiring, I'm just taking it a bit easier."

Van Gerwen's dominant win over 'The Flying Scotsman' saw him set up a mouth-watering show-down with Michael Smith in the final on New Year's Day.

Anderson, who has mentored Smith during his breakthrough in the PDC over the past decade, believes his protege can cause MVG major problems in the sport's show-piece fixture.

"I know I've just lost and Michael Smith's my boy but I think Michael van Gerwen's in for a hard time," he added.

"I think it could be a whipping, just like what I got tonight.

"I wouldn't say MVG was brilliant, he had a real easy walkover.

"I was miles off the treble 20, I was dropping low again which cheeses me off, but that's the way it goes.

"This tournament's been an eye-opener, we've seen all the boys go out.

"I'm lucky I got to the semis to be honest.

"I've been banging on about Michael Smith for ten years and he's finally got there so I'm over the moon for him.

"You've got Nathan Aspinall, Chris Dobey, Ryan Searle, Ryan Joyce, Luke Humphries - they've put a show on this year.

"If you want a Premier League, get rid of the old yins and stick these youngsters in it.

"These boys have learned their trade and they're good."


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