World Champion Gary Anderson has signed a new-long term contract at Unicorn as he sets his sights on a third consecutive world title. ‘The Flying Scotsman’ has signed a deal that will see his partnership with Unicorn exceed the ten year mark, and he is confident of securing more success in the near future.
“It is no coincidence that I have produced the best darts of my life since joining up with Unicorn in 2011. I was the nearly man. Well, now I’m not. To win back-to-back World Championship titles has been a huge achievement. To win three on the spin is the ultimate,” Anderson said.
“People talk about Michael van Gerwen. He is in great form but if he was the main man, he would have two World Championships to his name! I enjoy playing Michael. There is always added spice and hopefully it will be a great rivalry over the coming years,” the world champion quipped.
He added: “For me, this is the toughest era in the history of the sport. Taylor, Lewis, Wright, Wade, Barneveld and add to that all the fantastic young players breaking through and you can see why it means so much to win two World Championships. It’s never been harder to win big tournaments. It is a golden era for darts.”
“Unicorn was the final piece in the jigsaw for me. I have always received fantastic support. It is a family and I want to achieve a lot more for them as well.”
Anderson etched his name into darting folklore by winning his maiden World Championship crown in a deciding set against Phil Taylor in 2015. The Scot then retained his title at the Alexandra Palace in January by beating Adrian Lewis.
Unicorn Managing Director Edward Lowy is inevitably delighted to maintain the association with Anderson. “That Gary should put together back-to-back World titles is testament to this ‘Great Scot’.
“An on-form Gary Anderson is an unstoppable force of nature on the oche and we are thrilled that the partnership with Unicorn has been so fruitful.”
“I remember joking with Gary when he joined us back in 2011 as a Maestro Premier, that our World Champion category is the easiest to join – after all, you only have to win one match!”
It has been an incredible 15 months for the world number two. On top of his two world title wins, he also won the 2014 Players Championship Finals in Minehead, and last year he won the Premier League for the second time in his career.
Gary endured a tough start to his title defence this year; losing his opening two matches against Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor. However, he has rallied tremendously by winning three games in succession and faces a defining evening on home soil tomorrow, when he takes on Lewis and Wright at Glasgow’s Hydro Arena.