“I don’t think it was for me” - Price reflects on Premier League learning curve

Price makes his entrance during the Premier League (credit:Michael Cooper/PDC)

Gerwyn Price admits the Premier League Darts experience was not to his liking but says he would not turn down a second chance in the elite invitational.

Price endured a harsh introduction to the Unibet Premier League, finishing bottom of the table with just two points and bowing out of the competition at the halfway stage.

The Welshman has also suffered misfortune away from the oche this year, rupturing an Achilles tendon whilst running, but is now on the road to recovery after undergoing surgery in the summer.

Price began the season slowly but has since turned his fortunes around, picking up a European Tour title and reaching the Quarter-Finals of the World Grand Prix.

Reflecting on his debut Premier League campaign, Price told Live Darts: "This time last year I was really buzzing that hopefully I was going to be in the Premier League.

"I couldn't wait until after the Worlds to see who was in it and I wanted to be in it, that was my main aim.

"I've experienced that now and personally, I don't think it was for me.

"It was too much time away from home and too much time away from my family.

"But if that opportunity came along again I wouldn't turn it down, but at the time I was playing in it, it wasn't for me.

"Maybe next year if I'm in, it might be different."

The Welshman has played through the pain barrier in recent months but has climbed to twelfth in the PDC Order of Merit and hopes a return to full fitness could lead to him recapturing his best form on a more consistent basis.

He added: "I've done alright in certain events and really poor in others.

"I've gone out First Round in a lot of the Europeans and a couple of others I've got to the Quarters, Semis and won a few.

"It's just up and down at the moment but I'm not too unhappy, my fitness hasn't been well and I've missed a couple of tournaments.

"I think where I've been walking a bit funny the last couple of months, my knee is starting to play up now.

"That's knocked me back a little bit but a bit more physio in the next couple of weeks and I'll be alright.

"I'm looking forward to the end of the year, the beginning and middle of the year hasn't been too good for me.

"It's been alright in patches but I need to be a bit more consistent and hopefully now towards the end of the year I can pick my game up."

Price has been drawn to face Kyle Anderson in the First Round of the Unibet European Championship in Dortmund and as the number three seed, 'The Ice Man' is expecting a strong run in the ITV4 major.

"Kyle's a great bloke and he's been coming into form over the last couple of months," added Price.

"Like myself, at the beginning of the year he wasn't really on song but it's going to be a really tough game but a game I'm confident I can come through and have a good run.

"I go into every tournament now and I expect to win, whereas a year ago you sort of turn up to tournaments thinking maybe quarters, Semi-Finals I'll be happy but now I just turn up to events and I expect to win."

Price came under fire from Danny Noppert for alleged gamesmanship during their clash at the World Grand Prix earlier this month, with the Dutchman calling for PDC bosses to tighten up the rules.

Price, however, has shrugged off Noppert's comments and insists he has no plans to tone down his aggressive approach on the stage.

"Sometimes you need to learn how to deal with the crowd," he added.

"I thought I could deal with them but the Irish and Scottish are always on my back, I'm not sure why but I'll get there.

"My game's my game and people should just try and play their own.

"I'm no different from one game to the next, apart from the ProTours where you can't really show your emotions but if he plays me again I'm going to be the same person so he knows what to expect."



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