“I can't change me” - Price vows to continue trademark celebrations ahead of Premier League return

Pantomime villain Price celebrates (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Gerwyn Price insists he has no plans to alter his style of play ahead of his second stint in the Unibet Premier League.

Price finished bottom of the table after nine weeks of competition in his debut campaign last year, failing to register a single win, and is out to atone for that disappointment at the second time of asking.

The boisterous Welshman has made headlines both on and off the oche in recent months, notably claiming his first major title at November's Grand Slam in controversial circumstances.

The 33-year-old has since been handed a record £21,500 in fines for three separate incidents, as well as a suspended three-month ban, but says he cannot change his demeanour on stage.

"My style of play is me, I can't change me," Price told Live Darts.

"I'm out there and if something comes out, I'm reacting one way, that's just the way I play - I can't change.

"I'm just going to go out and be myself."

"Last year wasn't a very good campaign for me, I was in a place I didn't really want to be.

"I'm more confident this year and I know exactly what to expect so hopefully early on I can get a couple of wins under my belt and settle in."

Price was embroiled in an incident-packed Grand Slam final with Gary Anderson three months ago, but the former Rugby Union star has put rivalry to one side and admits the Premier League will miss the popular Scot after he withdrew from the tournament through injury.

"It's a blow to the fans and it's a blow to Gary," added Price. "He's not fit enough to play, it was his decision.

"He's a great player for the sport, he's been here for years and all the fans love him so he's going to be a great miss this year.

"It is what it is and there's a lot of other good players left in so we'll do the best we can."

As a result of Anderson's withdrawal, the format has been radically revamped, with nine of the original selections now joined by a series of wildcards branded 'Contenders'.

The opening nine nights of competition will each feature a different Contender local to that particular venue, and though they cannot acquire points themselves, Contenders are vying for an added incentive of £2,500 for a win or £1,000 for a draw.

While Price is not fully on board with the decision, he has vowed to go full-blooded against any opponent standing in his way.

He added: "It's just another player to play, to be honest, but I don't know how the points thing is going to work.

"We're all playing different players and it's just not fair in that way but I'll go out and play whoever is in front of me.

"They obviously think it's going to be good but I don't know, it's maybe something I wouldn't have done.

"If I wasn't selected and this had happened, I'd probably have been disappointed as well, but it's up to the PDC - they're looking to move things forward and change things up.

"It could be a good thing or it could be a bad thing, not everyone's going to agree with it but we'll see how it goes."



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