Darts Transfer Window 2019: The latest news and gossip on all BDO to PDC moves

Jamie Shaw in Off The Oche 15 Jan 2019
Which BDO players will join the PDC circuit?

January has become notorious for football's transfer window, but it's also a time when darts players opt to switch allegiances between the sport's two rival codes ahead of the new season. 

In order to become a fully-fledged member of the PDC, all players are required to enter Qualifying School, which runs from January 17-20, and secure a coveted two-year Tour Card.

The last two players on each day will win an automatic Tour Card, with further Tour Cards to be allocated to players from the UK and European Q School Orders of Merit.

Four players have already secured their place on the tour via European Qualifying School, which took place in Hildesheim just over a week ago.

Players who fail to make it through Qualifying School are eligible to compete on the Challenge Tour - the PDC's second tier circuit - which also offers places in the UK Open and William Hill World Championship.

An historic rule change this year has seen all restrictions lifted surrounding BDO players, including reigning Lakeside Champion Glen Durrant, meaning a host of established BDO stars are set to descend on the darting dream factory of Wigan.

Darts' unofficial transfer window closes at 2pm GMT on Tuesday January 15, coinciding with the close of entries for UK Q School applicants. More than 300 players have already registered, with 249 players having competed in European Qualifying School last week.

The clock is ticking...


BDO players confirmed for Q School - last updated Jan 15 (11am GMT)


Glen Durrant

Durrant stormed to a third consecutive BDO world title last Sunday, becoming the first player since Eric Bristow in 1986 to win three in a row.

Duzza has dominated the BDO circuit for the last three years and has long been linked with a move to the promised land of the PDC.

Last year, he distanced himself from the rumours, stating he was "BDO for life", but has since admitted he only made that statement in order to fend off the constant questioning.

In an exclusive interview with Live Darts prior to Lakeside, Durrant revealed provisions had been put in place for him to leave his day job as an estate manager for a housing company - a role he has held down for 30 years.

The 48-year-old has outlined a "seven-year plan" in which he aims to go toe-to-toe with the best in the business but is well aware that getting through Q School will be no walk in the park.



Scott Waites

Waites has been a stalwart of the BDO for the past decade, but expressed immediate interest in attending Qualifying School following the removal of BDO restrictions last summer.

The two-time World Champion fell short of a third Lakeside crown after a 7-3 defeat to Durrant in Sunday's final, but will now look to channel that disappointment into securing an automatic Tour Card.

A carpenter by-day, Waites has hand-picked his tournament appearances over the past few years but is now seemingly ready to fully commit to the demands of the relentless PDC schedule.

'Scotty Too Hotty' has shown he has what it takes to cut it at the highest level, having won the Grand Slam in 2010 a year after finishing runner-up.

Lisa Ashton

Four-time Women's World Champion Lisa Ashton got her first glimpse of the PDC stage after winning the women's UK & Ireland qualifier to seal a place in last month's World Championship.

She took the first set against Jan Dekker with a blistering 107 average before eventually losing 3-1 but was unable to carry that form into Lakeside, suffering a shock First Round exit at the hands of eventual winner Mikuru Suzuki.

Ashton, 48, has experience of competing against the men on the PDC Challenge Tour in recent years, notably reaching a Quarter-Final in 2017.



Mark McGeeney

The BDO ranked number one will be aiming to join Dunvegan stablemates Gary Anderson, Michael Smith and Ian White in the top echelons of the PDC.

Lakeside finalist in 2018, where he missed two darts for the title, McGeeney's consistency over the past two years has led him to the top of the rankings, winning four titles last term.

He heads to Q School for the first time off the back of a disappointing whitewash defeat to Conan Whitehead in the Second Round at Lakeside and will be determined to showcase his best form.

Anastasia Dobromyslova

Three-time Women's World Champion Dobromyslova is another high-profile name heading to Wigan this week after defeat to Lorraine Winstanley in the Semi-Finals at Lakeside.

Dobromyslova, who also featured at Ally Pally - where she lost out to Ryan Joyce in Round One - competed on the PDC circuit between 2009 and 2010 and is now aiming to rejoin the professional circuit a decade on.

Jim Williams

Fresh from reaching the Semi-Finals at Lakeside, the current BDO number three will head to Qualifying School for the first time.

Williams was one of the stand-out performers on the BDO circuit in 2018, picking up five titles and also reaching the Semi-Finals of the World Masters.

The Welshman made his debut in last November's Grand Slam, where he gave an impressive account of himself, defeating Max Hop 5-4 but failing to make it out of the group.



Deta Hedman

Hedman, a legend of the ladies game, will be one of the senior figures at Q School at the age of 59.

The three-time world finalist, who has featured in three UK Opens, was beaten by Maria O'Brien in the First Round at Frimley Green last week but will now look to dust herself down and prove she has what it takes to compete with the men once again.

Fallon Sherrock

Women's number six Sherrock will try her hand at Q School for the first time as she looks to take the next step in her promising career.

The 24-year-old, who regularly features alongside the likes of Michael van Gerwen and Simon Whitlock on the exhibition circuit, finished runner-up in the 2015 Women's World Championship and claimed glory in last year's World Trophy.

Conan Whitehead

Whitehead heads to Wigan in a fine vein of form, having reached the Quarter-Finals at Lakeside before losing out to Scott Waites.

The BDO number 20 does have experience of competing on the PDC circuit, having featured in a number of Players Championship events in 2014 and 2015 and qualified for the UK Open on three occasions.

Wes Newton

After losing his Tour Card at the end of the 2017 season, Newton opted to compete in UK Open qualifiers and Challenge Tour events up until May, before competing on the BDO circuit.

The former European Championship and UK Open finalist reached four BDO Semi-Finals and secured a debut at Lakeside - but was beaten by Paul Hogan in the Preliminary Round.

With more competitive wins under his belt, 'The Warrior' will now return for a crack at Q School as he looks to secure a swift return to the PDC ranks.



Kyle McKinstry

Northern Ireland's McKinstry is part of the same management stable as two-time major winner Daryl Gurney and has gone from strength-to-strength over the past 18 months.

The heavy-scoring 32-year-old, who won last year's England Open, enjoyed a fine run to the Quarter-Finals at Lakeside before losing out to eventual champion Durrant 5-2.

David Cameron

Canadian ace Cameron defeated Andy Hamilton and Gary Robson at Lakeside last week for the loss of just one set before seeing his run ended by McKinstry in the Last 16.

He has remained in the UK to head on to Qualifying School, where he aims to follow in the footsteps of legendary compatriot John Part - who regained his Tour Card at Q School in 2017.

Dean Reynolds

Welsh ace Reynolds began his career on the PDC Development Tour in 2011 and claimed nine titles between 2014 and 2016.

Since making the step up to senior darts, the 26-year-old has failed to fulfil his potential thus far, with a run to the Semi-Finals of the 2016 World Trophy his best performance in the BDO to date.

After averaging just 73 in a 4-0 defeat to Jim Williams in the Last 16 at Lakeside, Reynolds will be desperate to get that out of his system as soon as possible and gaining a Tour Card would signal a perfect response.

Rumour Mill


Andy Hamilton

After finishing outside of the world's top 64 at the end of the 2017 season, Hamilton opted not to head to Qualifying School in favour of committing to the BDO circuit in an attempt to get much-needed wins under his belt.

The 2012 PDC world finalist has made strides back in the right direction over the past 12 months, reaching two finals, but will be bitterly disappointed with his Lakeside debut in which he down in straight sets to David Cameron in the Preliminary Round.

The Hammer is currently in between management and is yet to register his entry for Q School, despite stating in an exclusive interview with Live Darts last September that he intended to participate.




Scott Mitchell

Mitchell, the 2015 BDO World Champion, has kept his cards close to his chest over a potential entry to Qualifying School.

Mitchell is captain of the England team and that may be the decisive factor in his decision to remain a BDO player.

A farmer by day, the demanding schedule of the PDC circuit is unlikely to suit 'Scotty Dog', who looks set to be installed as one of the favourites for Lakeside glory in 2020.


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