McGeeney fired-up for Grand Slam of Darts return thanks to Scottish backing

McGeeney celebrates at the Wolves Civic (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Mark McGeeney says he is ready to go one better and become BDO World Champion thanks to his Scottish backing.

McGeeney has had a whirlwind 2018, having missed out on the Lakeside title to Glen Durrant by the width of a wire in January before signing to the same Dunvegan management stable as Gary Anderson, run by Tommy Gilmour MBE.

Since then, the Coventry-born ace has been on fire and recently won a unique treble in Turkey before joining Unicorn Darts.

Now McGeeney, 46, is preparing to face World Champion Rob Cross in the Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton on Saturday  - and is fired-up to produce an upset.

He said: "I feel really good right now, I think I've got the beating of anyone on my day. I simply can't wait to get to Wolverhampton.

"Everything has been really positive now for the past few months. It's really boosted me psychologically.

"But since joining up with Tommy and Stephanie Gilmour at Dunvegan, I just feel I've got everything in the right place. It's the best set-up I've had in my career.

"I won the treble in Turkey of the Pairs, Classic and Open in one weekend so I know I'm in good form. Then I came back and signed for Unicorn which is something I've always wanted to do in my career.

"That's such a big thing for me personally. To know I have Dunvegan and Unicorn behind me gives me such a huge positive outlook. Now I know all I have to do is throw the darts, nothing else.

"It will be tough in the Grand Slam. I've drawn Rob, Dimitri Van den Bergh and Ryan Searle. But it's a chance for more competition and to show people what I can do."

McGeeney suffered the heartbreak of missing two darts - double 18 and double nine - to become the Lakeside champion 10 months ago, but that is driving him on to go one better at the start of 2019. 

He added: "It's also brilliant that we are back at Lakeside and on Eurosport. I think everyone is buzzing about that.

"I've got over missing out on the title last year. But it's just making me all the more determined to go better in January."

McGeeney recently revealed on the Weekly Dartscast that he plans to enter Qualifying School in January in an attempt to secure a coveted two-year PDC Tour Card.

"I'll be going to Q-School, definitely," said The Gladiator.

"That was decided a while ago. I think any BDO player would be foolish not to go because if you don’t get your Tour Card you can come back, which was never the rule before."


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