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“When I’m ready, I’ll go” – Jim Williams remains defiant over PDC switch

Jamie Shaw in Darts Interviews 27 Aug 2019
Williams celebrates during the 2018 Grand Slam (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)
BDO number three Jim Williams insists he will not rush a move to the PDC but admits it remains a long-term ambition.
Williams, 35, reached the Semi-Finals of the BDO World Championship at Lakeside in January and has since gone on to reach the final of the Welsh Open and win the Red Dragon Champion of Champions in Cardiff last weekend.
The Welsh ace was among a number of top-ranked BDO players to try their hand at Qualifying School just a week after Lakeside in a bid to secure a coveted two-year PDC Tour Card.
Williams missed out on a Tour Card despite reaching the Quarter-Finals of Event Two, however in a recent interview, he revealed he would not have accepted the Tour Card had he succeeded as he “went to see what the experience was like”.
Now, the Presteigne thrower has told Live Darts he intends to make the move but only when his game is at the required level of consistency.
“I’ve probably won four of the last six tournaments I’ve gone to so it’s a nice habit to be getting in to,” said Williams.
“There’s no disappointments, I appreciate everything that I’m in.
“I’ve done as well as I can do so maybe it’s time to make a step forward now.
“I will go to the PDC when my consistency gets there.
“It’s getting there, but I don’t want to go there and make the numbers up, I want to go and have a go so when I’m ready, I’ll go.”
Williams has formed a close friendship with Glen Durrant, whom he was beaten by in January’s Lakeside Semi-Finals, and says he is in regular contact with ‘Duzza’ – who has enjoyed remarkable success in his first eight months as a PDC professional.
Williams added: “We speak probably every day.
“He’s done so well, I miss him, so if I can do that with him then great.”
BDO Chairman Des Jacklin recently announced that the World Championship was to leave Lakeside for the first time since 1985, with London’s O2 Indigo named as the new venue, while the World Masters will take place at the Circus Tavern in Purfleet. 
While Williams says he is disappointed to see the BDO’s show-piece event leave its spiritual home, he is hopeful The O2 can replicate its famous atmosphere.
“Everything they’re doing I think is a positive,” he added.
“I will personally miss the Lakeside. The atmosphere there I think is second to none.
“Whether we can equal that or beat it, I hope so, but it’s going to take some topping.
“It’s The O2, it’s a great venue and everything’s looking forward, so why not?”