Gary Anderson insists he “will win” a third World Championship title after committing his future with a new long-term contract…
Gary Anderson insists he “will win” a third World Championship title after committing his future with a new long-term contract with Unicorn.
Anderson, who was beaten by rival Gerwyn Price in the final at Alexandra Palace earlier this month, had been subject to speculation over his immediate future in the PDC.
However, the 50-year-old has quashed any suggestion of an impeding retirement by extending his contract with darts manufacturer Unicorn.
Anderson signed with Unicorn in 2011 and has extended his decade-long partnership in a quest to add to his haul of major titles in the coming years.
The fired-up Flying Scotsman vowed: “I will win another [world title] for sure!”
“I have that hunger and desire back and despite everything, I still love playing this game.
“I’m old school and just want to play darts the way it should be played and I want to prove a point to all the doubters but more importantly to myself.
“The last year has been tough for everyone but it is time for me to take up the challenge with Unicorn in my corner.
“They have stood by me for over a decade and it is the perfect partnership all round.”
Anderson’s run to the world final saw him regain a place in the world’s top eight and affirm himself as one of the most formidable players on planet darts.
Runner-up in the World Matchplay last July, the Scot hit the headlines for his outbursts regarding ‘gamesmanship’ in the sport during the Grand Slam and William Hill World Championship.
He insists he still has a point to prove and relishes the heat of battle on the big stage.
“I really savour the combat on the big stages in the big tournaments,” added Anderson. “In the last few months I managed to get to the two biggest finals at the World Matchplay and World Championship without playing well.
“I truly believe if I can get to anywhere near my best, I will be a major threat.
“There isn’t just one dominating. We all know how good Michael van Gerwen is but nobody is scared of him anymore.
“[Gerwyn] Price is a deserved World Champion. Peter Wright will still be challenging. Jose de Sousa has already proved how good he is and I’m a big fan of Nathan Aspinall, while Joe Cullen and Devon Petersen are now in the mix.”
Anderson will begin the 2021 campaign at The Masters in Milton Keynes this weekend, awaiting the winner of the First Round clash between Michael Smith and Adrian Lewis.