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Durrant reveals lucrative offer to Lewis over ‘Pigbag’ walk-on

Jamie Shaw in Darts Interviews 15 Jul 2019
Middlesbrough marksman Durrant in action (credit:PDC Europe)
Glen Durrant has revealed he has offered Adrian Lewis £5,000 in a bid to claim the walk-on track ‘Pigbag’ as his own.
Durrant, the reigning and three-time BDO World Champion who earned a PDC Tour Card in January, remains in limbo over his choice of walk-on music.
The 48-year-old will make his debut in the Betfred World Matchplay against Lewis in Blackpool on Sunday July 21 in a match being billed as ‘The Pigbag derby’.
Durrant was inspired to a record-equalling three straight Lakeside titles by the song ‘Reach Up (Papa’s Got A Brand New Pigbag)’ which has long been associated with his beloved Middlesbrough Football Club.
Lewis, however, has taken to the stage to the song for the best part of a decade, prompting ‘Duzza’ to change his entrance music to ‘Roll With It’ by Oasis in  a show of respect of the two-time PDC World Champion. 
Now, Durrant has revealed he has made ‘Jackpot’ a lucrative offer prior to their show-down at The Winter Gardens which he believes could unlock an extra gear to his game.
Speaking to BBC Tees, Durrant said: “You try to pre-empt who you’re going to play but not once did I think of playing Adie.
“I have played him twice on the circuit already but it’s going to be pretty surreal him walking out to ‘Pigbag’, and a little bit difficult.
“That song gives me three to five per cent.
“I’ve offered him five grand for that walk-on tune, that’s how much it means to me.
“I think he looked at me wondering if I was joking but it’s a serious offer because I just have not found that walk-on tune yet.
“I don’t even like Oasis to be honest with you!
“For me, it’s a Manchester song. That’s what you get management for and I think they picked the wrong one for me.
“I walked on to my very first walk-on song [The New Radicals – You Get What You Give] in Prague but it just did not give me that ‘Pigbag’ feeling.
“People laugh at what’s on my iTunes but my type of music is easy listening: Motown and a bit of dance as well, mainly from the 90s which is my sort of era.”
Durrant has faced Lewis three times on the ProTour since joining the PDC, losing the first two before winning their most recent encounter 6-5 back in May.
The proud Teessider will fulfil a lifelong ambition of competing on the iconic Winter Gardens stage after qualifying as the third highest ranked player from the ProTour Order of Merit and says he is determined to grab the opportunity with both hands.
“It would take something quite drastic to knock my confidence right now,” added Durrant.
“If I’m happy then I’m a very dangerous player and if I can be like that on stage and not let the moment pass me by.
“The Premier League wasn’t a great experience for me, so much was going on and the scrutiny around me, I can’t even remember the game, whereas I’m determined to enjoy next week because the Matchplay is where I’ve always wanted to play.”