2018 UK Open finalist Cadby celebrates (credit:Chris Dean/PDC)
Aussie ace Corey Cadby insists he will pick up from where he left off a year ago and take the PDC circuit by storm on his return to the big time.
Cadby, who secured his PDC Tour Card last January, has endured a frustrating spell on the sidelines in his homeland for the last 12 months due to Visa complications.
The 23-year-old enjoyed a flying start to his PDC career, winning a UK Open qualifier before going on to finish runner-up in the UK Open itself, but was then forced to withdraw from a number of subsequent majors due to lengthy delays in his Three-Year Tier Two Sportsman’s Visa application.
However, after finally getting the green light to return to the UK, ‘The King’ is now on a mission to make up for lost time and is confident he can make swift strides up the rankings.
“It’s absolutely brilliant to be back,” Cadby told Live Darts. “It’s been a long time coming, but I’m here.
“Good things come to people who wait.
“It was an absolute nightmare, knowing that I should be in these tournaments and watching some games that weren’t top quality.
“Then it was not knowing whether my career was going to continue or whether I had to get a day job, which was actually very scary.
“I always hung on to that little bit of hope that it was going to come through and thank god it did.”
Cadby will make his official comeback on April 6/7 in the Players Championship double-header in Barnsley before competing in a series of European Tour qualifiers and more ProTour events before the end of the month.
The former World Youth Champion is backing himself to return to the winner’s circle but admits his exile left him questioning whether he would ever get the chance to continue his PDC career.
“I’m going to start where I left off, most definitely,” added Cadby. “I’ll be coming straight in, within three weeks I know I’m going to be taking a tournament or popping in a nine-darter.
“To be honest, there was a point if my visa didn’t go through, there were thoughts in my mind whether I’d pack the darts in.
“There wasn’t a schedule for what I was going to do if my visa didn’t go through.
“My team-mates [Sportsman Management stable] are like family, they all sent their messages at different times when I actually needed it.
“The last time I was actually happy was when I was over here so it’s good to have them around and be a part of this team.”
Cadby’s absence from competitive action has seen him slip out of the world’s top 64, but the Australian has already set his sights on qualification for July’s World Matchplay and a return to Alexandra Palace for the World Championship.
He added: “I know I’m going to make it [Matchplay] and I’d be disappointed in myself if I don’t.
“I have no idea what I need but I’ll make sure I’m there.
“I’ve been at Ally Pally once and you want to be there every year.
“Now knowing that I’m back on the circuit, I will be there and I don’t have to qualify through Australia or what not.
“I’m really looking forward to that.”