Darts ace Colin Lloyd has set his sights on winning a major tournament – and believes he is not far away from achieving his goal.
The 30-year-old has always made the business end of major competitions, but he has yet to contest a big final.
However, he took the decision to become a full-time professional after the World Championships and feels the move, combined with a more relaxed approach, will help him to make the next step.
“I’m winning tournaments and people are starting to take me seriously,” said Lloyd, who is through to the second round of the Skybet World Grand Prix in Dublin following a 2-1 win over Denis Ovens last night.
“I’ve always been there in the rankings but at this moment in time I’m totally focused.
“If anyone takes me for a mug, they’re going to get beat – I don’t care who they are.
“I’m totally focused on the dartboard – not the player – and I’m really up for it.
“I’m starting to produce it on the matchboard and people are starting to sit up and take notice.
“I know what I’m capable of – I want to cause some damage. I’ve given up my job, I’m a full-time pro now.
“I’ve started to do it and I’m feeling relaxed doing it – I feel good.”
The Essex thrower added: “I’ve won ranking tournaments but I’ve never made a major final, and that to me is very disappointing.
“It’s my goal – if it doesn’t happen this year, hopefully it will happen next year.”
Meanwhile, Gary Welding joked that he has a plane ticket to cancel today following his superb 2-0 win over ‘Hawaii 501’ Wayne Mardle.
“I’m made up for my wife,” said Welding, a block paver from St Helens.
“Although she booked me on a flight today – I’ll have to have a word with her.”