Durrant ready to live PDC dream after “magical month”

Teesside thrower Durrant celebrates (credit:Chris Dean/PDC)

Glen Durrant has revealed his immense pride at retaining the Lakeside title before going on to secure a coveted PDC Tour Card in a whirlwind fortnight.

Durrant rewrote history by becoming the first player since Eric Bristow in 1986 to win three consecutive BDO world titles and followed that up by clinching a two-year Tour Card at PDC Qualifying School less than a week later.

The Middlesbrough ace sealed his place on the lucrative PDC circuit in dramatic fashion, coming through on the fourth and final day via the Q School Order of Merit.

The 48-year-old now enters uncharted territory as he prepares to go toe-to-toe with the sport's elite, but says he is relishing the challenge ahead.

"It's just beginning to sink in - what I've done," Durrant told Live Darts.

"I can't even begin to describe how nervous and tense I've been but I found some inner-strength from somewhere and it's been a magical month.

"I'm very proud of me. Over the years I've thanked this person, that person, the dog, the cat, the hamster, but I stand here now proud of me."

Durrant's Q School campaign got off to a shaky start with early exits on Day One and Day Two, before putting crucial points on the board by reaching the decider on Day Three, losing out to Reece Robinson.

He then survived a major scare on the final day, coming from 4-2 down to defeat Matthew Dennant in a deciding leg en route to the Last 16, with that comeback proving enough to see him over the line.

Durrant admits he struggled to adapt to the added pressure of arriving to Wigan as BDO World Champion, explaining: "Every dart I threw, there was 100 people watching per game.

"There was no scrutiny on people like Mark McGeeney and Scott Baker, they just played magnificently, but they had no real pressure on them.

"I lost two games, and without being disrespectful, I would beat those guys most times.

"I went home on the Friday afternoon in a very low place, but Diogo Portela and his brother Mario, we had a real good laugh on Friday night.

"Mac Elkin [manager] bought the meals and we had fun, they told me "Glen, you're the best player there", they had a match the next day and they were trying to build my confidence.

"I woke up on the Saturday with a determination, then I saw the draw and it was by far the toughest of the week: Andy Boulton, Jim Williams, Barrie Bates to name only three. 

"It was the board of death but I came through that and I really began to get in the zone.

"I made a mistake in the final, which I know what I did, but Reece [Robinson] deserved it, there was no complaints and it was back to what I do best - I don't win things easy.

"Matty Dennant was 4-2 up and averaging 106 against me and after 12 darts he wants 32. It was my 'Paul Hogan' moment [Lakeside 2017] - I didn't want to go to the Scottish Open, Isle of Man, Selsey.

"I wanted it big style and when Matty missed, I checked out in two darts, broke him in 11 then really killed him in the last leg because you could see he was deflated."

Durrant, who has worked as an estate manager for a housing company for almost 30 years, will now reluctantly quit his job and says he plans to make other lifestyle changes to help cope with the demand of the relentless PDC schedule.

He added: "I'm definitely packing in work but I'm still in negotiations so I won't disrespect the wonderful company I've worked 30 years for.

"I need to go back on Monday. I ain't walking away if there's still a job to do there and if they need me to do things.

"I'm going to be a full-time darts player in 2019 and it's time to get a little bit fitter.

"I hit 16 stone for the first time in my life around November time, I lost half a stone prior to Lakeside but I could tell I was melting up there at times.

"I haven't got half the talent that the players have got, I've got where I am on hard work and determination."

Grand Slam quarter-finalist in 2017, 'Duzza' will return to Wigan on February 9 for his first taste of Players Championship action and admits he is yet to get to grips with the PDC ranking system.

"I don't understand the ranking system," he revealed.

"Someone told me I'm £26,000 behind the top 64 and for me, a lot of it depends on Ally Pally.

"Someone like Ryan Joyce gets to a Quarter-Final and gets 50 grand, that's five tour wins, so I think it's heavily weighted on how well you do at Ally Pally.

"I've got to somehow get to Ally Pally, and I don't know how I do that right now, I guess I've got to do well at these ProTours, I don't understand, but I that's where Mac Elkin will come into his role.

"I just want to play darts and win games.

"I do have a dream, and the dream's not necessarily Ally Pally, the World Series or Premier League - I have a dream of the World Matchplay at Blackpool.

"That is my objective, I would love to play there."

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