Durrant says last Premier League campaign was ‘like being punched for 12 rounds’

Former Lakeside world champion Glen Durrant has recalled how a torrid Premier League campaign left him at rock-bottom – just months after winning the tournament.

After winning three BDO World titles and switching to the PDC, Duzza won the 2020 Covid-interrupted 2020 tournament. However, his defence of the crown in 2021 – a condensed affair held in Milton Keynes – was an absolute nightmare as he was relegated after nine weeks without a single win.

It was the start of Durrant’s troubles with his game which led to him calling time on his top-level career, for now at least, after losing his Tour Card having failed to qualify for the 2023 World Championship.

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Durrant is in a better place now, running a successful coaching school and undertaking media work. And he has not given up playing though and will be in action at the World Seniors World Championship at the Circus Tavern later this month. But with the 2023 Premier League underway, the 52-year-old recalled his experience as his game and confidence began to unravel.

“I was in a Milton Keynes hotel after getting slammed 6-0, 7-0 Dimitri Van den Bergh, whatever it was,” he told the Weekly Dartscast.

“I was lying there thinking, 'tomorrow night I’ve got Michael van Gerwen, the night after I’ve got Peter Wright', it was awful. I knew I had something fundamentally wrong with my throw, my confidence was down to nothing.

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“The money is fantastic in the Premier League and I just kept thinking, 'if I can just get through this week, it's the equivalent of 18 months of being a housing manager [his previous job]'.

“But it was to my detriment in the end because it was like a boxing match where I was being punched in the face for 12 rounds. It was an awful experience. That 2021 campaign was a real low.”

Durrant crashed out of that tournament, then using a 10-player format with relegation, after nine weeks along with Rob Cross


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