Gerwyn Price has revealed that he’s ‘absolutely hated the Premier League’, after his elimination was confirmed following his fifth consecutive league defeat in Belfast on Thursday night.
‘The Iceman’ has endured a turbulent debut season in the Premier League and will be eliminated after Judgement Night in Liverpool next week, after his fate was sealed following a 7-2 drubbing at the hands of Michael Smith.
Price drew two of his opening three games against Peter Wright and Daryl Gurney, but since then he’s suffered five straight defeats which leaves him languishing at the bottom of the pile with two points from eight matches.
Following his disappointment in Belfast, the Welshman took to social media and gave an honest account of his struggles during his campaign, admitting: “Not gonna lie I’ve absolutely hated the Premier League.
“It’s been a great experience, something not every dart player can or will ever say they’ve experienced, but unfortunately it wasn’t for me. Looking forward to some time at home with the family and getting back to the old me,” he added.
Price was deservedly handed a wildcard after reaching two major televised finals in 2017. He lost out to Peter Wright in last year’s UK Open final, before leading Wales to the World Cup final alongside Mark Webster, before they lost out to the Dutch duo of Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld.
Nevertheless, ‘The Iceman’ has struggled to replicate his 2017 form and has also struggled on the Pro Tour circuit so far this year. He suffered back-to-back first-round defeats in the most recent Players Championship double-header in Milton Keynes, before losing his opening match at the European Darts Open to Richard North.
Price hinted at his struggles earlier this month, when he tweeted: “Comes to a time where the game becomes boring and you don’t care if you win or lose. Time for a little break I think.” However, ‘The Iceman’ will be hoping that elimination proves to be a blessing in disguise.
The 33-year-old will take the opportunity to re-charge his batteries in a bid to rediscover the form that has moved him to the cusp of breaking into the world’s top ten. Although first, he’ll be aiming to sign off from his Premier League campaign by claiming a first league win against Simon Whitlock in Liverpool next week.
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