Wade admits son Arthur has inspired him to the top of the Premier League

Wade has made a flying start to the season (credit:Taylor Lanning)

James Wade admits that his son Arthur changed his life and has inspired him to top the Premier League table.

The Aldershot hotshot has been a revelation on his return to the elite invitational, recording the highest average of the tournament so far (109.6) in a 7-0 demolition of Daryl Gurney in Aberdeen to become league leader.

Now, he returns to Nottingham where he met wife-to-be Samantha and started the journey to having a son who has given him a new zest in his career.

"Nottingham is special to me, that's where I met my wife Samantha," Wade told Live Darts.

"I'm actually not feeling great about going, I'm gutted because Samantha can't come. But I've got my son Arthur who is my bestest friend in the world.

"Having a child is the most wonderful experience in the world. He's started shouting and demanding, very much like his mum actually!

"He's a good looking boy because he looks like his mum. He's a dream come true, a miracle because of what Samantha and I went through to have him. 

"It makes me emotional to think of him because he shouldn't have been here."

The Machine has lived up to his moniker as the dark horse of the competition so far but was full of regret for whitewashing Gurney last time out.

He added: "I feel really good but a little bit guilty, Daryl's better than that. I don't think there are many players who want to win 7-0, it's not good for sportsmanship.

"I don't really care about averages, I played better and I won that's the main thing.

"Any player who says they want to win with a whitewash is not nice. I don’t think it reflects on their respect for the game and their opponent.

"No one wants to win 7-0, it's not good for the game. No good person who has got morals in life wants to win by that score, in my opinion.

"I know of three other players who would like to be in that position but they are not the best sportsmen."

Wade takes on Mensur Suljovic at the Motorpoint Arena on Thursday and admits he is in with a huge chance of reaching finals night for the first time since 2013.

"I'm playing well but I've not figured out how to keep James Wade playing this way," added the left-hander. 

"When I was in the practice room in Aberdeen, I was sillying about, talking to lots of people, I didn't concentrate, didn't feel right.

"I only practised 30 or 40 minutes if I'm lucky, I didn't work anywhere near as much as I should have done.

"I've always had a huge shot at The O2, it's just whether James Wade is in the right place at the right time and doing the right thing.

"If I can do that I'll be at the finals night quite comfortably. But it's a long way away."


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