Gary Anderson has dismissed speculation of retirement and has vowed to win another World Championship title, after signing a long-term contract with Unicorn.
‘The Flying Scotsman’ was beaten by Gerwyn Price in the 2021 world final just over three weeks ago, and throughout the last year, there have been growing rumours surrounding Anderson’s future in the sport.
The 50-year-old has cut a frustrated figure over recent months, lamenting the rise of gamesmanship within the sport during both the Grand Slam and recent World Championship, but he insists he’s recaptured the hunger as he targets a third World Championship crown.
“I will win another for sure! I have that hunger and desire back and despite everything, I still love playing this game,” said Anderson. “I’m old school and just want to play darts the way it should be played and I want to prove a point to all the doubters but more importantly to myself.
“The last year has been tough for everyone but it is time for me to take up the challenge with Unicorn in my corner. They have stood by me for over a decade and it is the perfect partnership all round.”
Anderson has endured mixed fortunes over the last 18 months. He’s without an individual televised title since lifting the Champions League of Darts in September 2018, and although he’s been scathing about his form, he has still reached World Matchplay and World Championship finals.
The two-time world champion also progressed to the semi-finals of last year’s Premier League, and as he prepares to extend his association with Unicorn to 15 years, the popular Scot believes he will be a major threat, particularly given the open nature of the darting circuit.
“I really savour the combat on the big stages in the big tournaments. In the last few months I managed to get to the two biggest finals at the World Matchplay and World Championship without playing well. I truly believe if I can get to anywhere near my best, I will be a major threat.
“There isn’t just one dominating. We all know how good Michael van Gerwen is but nobody is scared of him anymore. [Gerwyn] Price is a deserved World Champion.
“Peter Wright will still be challenging. Jose de Sousa has already proved how good he is and I’m a big fan of Nathan Aspinall, while Joe Cullen and Devon Petersen are now in the mix.”
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