Peter Wright is after the world number one ranking, putting Gerwyn Price on red alert.
‘Snakebite’ won his second world darts title on Monday, prevailing 7-5 in a pulsating contest over Michael Smith.
After securing the sport’s most coveted title for the second time in three years, the world’s second ranked player is after the number one spot held by the Welshman.
The 51-year-old started 2022 in the best possible way after securing a famous win at Alexandra Palace and he is now very close to potentially swiping the top ranking spot from Price.
Wright, who pocketed £500,000 for his Ally Pally win, told The Sun: “Being No 1 is on my mind. That is realistic now.
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“I’m that close to Gezzy. I will also focus on the Premier League and see what happens there.”
The Darts Premier League is set to begin in February and Wright is focused on winning the title for the very first time.
Before that however, the two-time world champion is looking forward to his daughter’s wedding.
Naomi, 28, is set to get married Friday week and has insisted the Sid Waddell trophy will have a place on the top table.
Wright’s wife Jo said: “My daughter has demanded it — she wants the trophy on the top table.
“She now wants to use the day to celebrate his world title and invite all his mates along.”
The magical day will see both Wright and Jo walk their daughter down the aisle in Suffolk, less than a fortnight after his second world title triumph.
Wright said: “We had a discussion because the woman puts in all the work — so why is the father the one who walks the daughter down?
“It’s the woman that does 90 per cent of looking after the child, giving birth and going through all the pain.
“Why can’t the mum walk her daughter down the aisle as well?
“I’ll have my kilt on. I hope it isn’t snowing. I’ll be nervous on the day.”
Wright is easily darts’ most recognisable star thanks to his colourful mohawk and snazzy clothes, but he accepts he might not always be the crowd favourite this year.
“The fans like me because I wear crazy outfits and have crazy hair," he commented.
“But I think I’m getting booed now because I’m becoming an old stager and winning stuff.
“Everyone likes the underdog. The amount of sports I watch, I cheer on the underdog because you want them to win against the top players.”
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The elite darts player has no plans to retire from sport anytime soon and predicts how many more major major crowns he can win.
“There are no retirement plans. Jo won’t let me!”, he exclaimed.
“While I can upset the class of players there is around, I’ll carry on playing.
“I can win another three world titles before I am too old — and get to five in total. Though by then I might have to get a Zimmer frame to jump across the stage.”
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