Henderson hopeful of dethroning Gurney at the World Grand Prix

Henderson looks to gain revenge on Gurney (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

John Henderson is preparing for the Unibet World Grand Prix by watching Game of Thrones - and will then aim to de-throne Daryl Gurney.

The Highlander has dubbed himself the potential ‘kingslayer’ after knocking out last year's defending champion Michael van Gerwen at the first hurdle.

Now he faces another current champion Gurney in his Dublin opener - the man who he lost to in the Semi-Finals a year ago but then knocked out of the World Championship two months later.

Henderson, 45, admitted: "I've just started watching Game of Thrones. I know I'm late to it and other people have been watching it since it started, but it’s great.

"So far, I've only got through the first season and I'm addicted.

"To be honest, I wasn't sure I'd be into it. It didn't seem like my kind of thing and that's why I never bothered at first, but the more you watch it, the more you get into it.

"Don’t get me wrong, it's a bit weird at times. Folk getting their heads chopped off and children being chucked out of windows, I was thinking: What the heck am I watching here? This isn't very normal.

"But there's some great storylines so far and it’s something to take your mind off the darts."

Henderson has been in action at the Citywest Hotel on consecutive days leading up to the Grand Prix, qualifying for the final European Tour event of the season before reaching the Last 16 of Friday's Players Championship and losing in Round Two on Saturday.

He added: "I've been in Dublin since Wednesday. There’s been a Euro qualifier, Players Championships and then the Grand Prix.

"If I'm honest, I'd maybe have preferred to get Sunday off and play Monday, but the flip side is that you have some form and you go straight into it.

"There's going to be a lot of pressure on Daryl. He is the championship holder and he is playing on his home soil in Ireland.

“Quite a lot of people have come up and me said that I'll beat Daryl because I beat Michael a year ago. 

"Maybe that puts a bit of pressure on me, but more of it is on Daryl. Michael was the defending champion last year and now it’s Daryl."

Henderson had an incredible run a year ago, dumping MVG and then Raymond van Barneveld before losing out to Gurney in the last four.

The Huntly ace even admitted he felt like a “rock star” after his big wins, adding: "I'm staying 200 yards from the venue. It's a short distance, yet it took me two hours to complete the journey last year when I beat Michael.

"Fans kept stopping me. One of the PDC security guys asked if I was alright, but I was loving it.

"In the end, after two hours, he took me around the back way to get into my room, but I would say no to no-one to anyone who wanted a picture or an autograph. It's a pleasure. I felt like a rock star.

"Funnily enough, when I got back here, I couldn't believe it was all 12 months ago. It's flown by.

"I think it’s been a good year since. Perhaps I wasted a chance at the World Matchplay when I lost to Kim as his record has been poor, but it was a great game and apart from that I’m making regular last 16s and last eights on the Pro Tour."


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