“I’m no prima donna” insists Durrant ahead of Qualifying School quest

Durrant salutes the crowd at the Grand Slam (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Glen Durrant was in bed with a coffee at 11pm after his historic Lakeside hat-trick, now he wants a “life-changing” Tour Card to launch his PDC career.

Durrant wrapped up his third consecutive BDO World Championship title at Lakeside on Sunday, becoming the only player to emulate the great Eric Bristow's feat.

The Boro battler defeated Scott Waites 7-3 in the final but admitted his mind was immediately set on a dream double of now winning a PDC Tour Card.

"I had to do a Champions meal on Sunday night, I did all the formalities but I was in bed with a coffee by 11pm," revealed Durrant.

"I was thinking of Q School from the second my last dart went in to win the title, my mind is just focused on that now so no rest.

"Maybe after Q School I will take time to enjoy winning Lakeside and taking it all in. Until then, I'll keep working, that's been my mentality all month.

"Before Lakeside, we'd all agreed that if I could get to maybe the semi-finals that would give me a few extra days rest and preparation for Q School. It’s still a good wage for a week and then go and get my tour card at the PDC.

"But nothing can take away the feeling I had on Sunday. I’m getting greedy now, I want both.

"I know it's a cliche but I've had to take one day at a time in January. 

"It's one day at a time and it’s working for me."

Durrant will be one of 397 players descending on Wigan's Robin Park Tennis Centre from January 17-20 in pursuit of one of just 19 two-year Tour Cards.

He is one of 19 players who competed in last week's BDO World Championship to be trying their hand at Q School and starts out as one of the favourites to come through.

The 48-year-old was devastated to miss his friend Lee Beck's funeral - who died on Boxing Day - but still went into to work on Monday afternoon.

He added: "I'm on cloud nine it’s beginning to sink in now.

"It was too dangerous getting up at 4am to get back for the funeral, less than 12 hours after I'd had a drink to celebrate winning. 

"Lee was in my thoughts so much this week, I spoke to his family and they understood.

"I did go to work. We've got the auditors in, it was important I was there. I manage a housing office, 15,000 properties. The office I manage looks after about 5,000 social housing. 

"They would have given me the day off, they are fantastic to me. They just made me feel a million dollars when I went in this afternoon.

"I'm just looking for a bit of normality quite quick. I don’t want to get into a media bubble because I’ve got Q School in two days.

"I've turned down TV, radio and newspapers, but they’ve all understood. I’m no prima donna or anything, I’ve never turned down an interview in my life.

"I have to just stick to my routine. As much as I want to jump in the air scream and shout because that’s all I want to do, I’ve got a big weekend that could change my life.

"So I've got to get back to basics, have an hour on the board on Monday night. My body is telling me to leave it a night after four matches in five days has taken its toll a bit."


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