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“This is not the end” insists defiant Glen Durrant after Premier League exit

Jamie Shaw in Premier League Darts 23 Apr 2021
Durrant endured a torrid title defence (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Glen Durrant has vowed to “come back and fight” after his painful Premier League elimination.

The three-time Lakeside Champion endured a torrid title defence in Milton Keynes, losing all nine of his fixtures to finish rock bottom of the table.

He claimed an unwanted record of becoming the first player in Premier League history to fail to pick up a single point and averaged below 90 in each of his outings.

The Middlesbrough ace, whose struggle for form began just days after winning the Premier League last October when he contracted Covid-19, insists he will fight to get his career back on track.

Reflecting on Premier League elimination, Durrant told Unibet: “Disappointed is a real understatement.

“I’ve had the greatest moment in my darting life holding this magnificent trophy here and I’ve had just the worst two weeks of my darting life here.

“It’s been horrible, it’s been awful.

“I know there’s something fundementally wrong with my balance and my throw.

“My throw is just unrecognisable. I ask anyone to watch a YouTube video even from eight or nine months ago and my throw is a shadow of its former self.

“I’m very weak on the right-hand side, I’m struggling to hold my arm up, which I’m hoping is the problem.

“I’ve joined a gym, I’m going back swimming and I’m going to come back leaner, fitter and stronger.

“This is not the end of me right now, I’m determined to come back and fight for what is rightfully mine.”

Durrant was due to travel to Germany this weekend for PDC Super Series 3 but opted out of the trip for personal reasons.

He tweeted: ‘I’m defending lots of money this year but I’ve still made the decision not to go to Germany.

‘It could cost me Grand Prix/Players Champs but genuinely feel it’s the right decision.

‘I just want my wife and daughter right now and darts doesn’t seem to matter… FOR NOW.’

Earlier in the week, Peter Wright revealed he has invited Durrant as a guest at his home for a weekend in the run up to the World Matchplay.

Wright said: “I’ve been talking to Glen, trying to keep his head up. He’s a champion and he’ll be back, he’s quality.

“I’ve invited him, when everyone’s allowed in June, for a long weekend to come and stay with us and have some relaxing time and a couple of darts before the Matchplay.”