Wright sets sights on Premier League glory

LEADING THE WAY: Peter Wright is top of the Premier League after nine weeks. Picture: Steve Welsh/PDC
LEADING THE WAY: Peter Wright is top of the Premier League after nine weeks. Picture: Steve Welsh/PDC

After winning his first television major last weekend, Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright is now determined to produce the goods in the Betway Premier League.

In his three previous campaigns, the 47-year-old has been unable to secure himself a place in the competition-ending four-player play-offs at London’s O2 Arena.

However, this time around world number three Wright has started in positive fashion, with last night’s 7-5 win over James Wade in Glasgow sending him top of the table after nine weeks.

“I am really hoping this is the year it comes together in the Premier League,” the Mendham ace told The Diss Express.

“I have been fifth a couple times and just missed out, which sums it up.

“It is definitely an important competition — up there as one of the biggest we play in.

“There have been some disappointments for me in the last three years in the Premier League, so I want to put that right.

“It is going to be tough, I know that. Just because I have started well, it counts for nothing if I do not keep producing.”

The tournament’s format, which sees the 10 selected players feature every Thursday up and down the country — as well as in The Netherlands — from February 2 through to May 11, is demanding unlike any other.

With weekend competitions across the globe to also factor in, players are now spending more time on the road than ever before.

Wright has conceded not all of the required sacrifices have been easy to make, but they are necessary for him to remain one of the world’s leading players.

“You are on the road all of the time travelling and that is tough,” he added.

“You do miss your family and your kids, which is why you have to make the most of it when you are home.

“My birthday is Friday (today) and I am not going to be with the family, so we had an earlier celebration. That is how it goes.

“But I am not complaining either. We get to experience a lot and get paid to play in front of good crowds.

“I am lucky to have understanding family, friends and sponsors behind me to provide support.”