MICHAEL VAN GERWEN has expressed his desire to win next weekend’s Paddy Power Champions League of Darts – so he can complete his collection of major televised titles.
The world number one has won every other big TV title on multiple occasions but is yet to clinch glory in the first two years of the Champions League, which is broadcast on the BBC.
“I don’t lose sleep over not winning it but it would be nice to complete my collection – there is a space in my trophy cabinet for this trophy,” said the Dutch star.
“I was runner-up to Phil Taylor two years ago and last year was a bit of a disaster for me so I am really determined to put it right and win the title.
“I’ve had a nice break with my family but now it is back to business and this tournament for me is the start of the big run of big events up to the World Championship.
“This is the time of year you need to be at your best and I am fully focused on winning as much as I can for the next few months. That starts in Brighton.”
Van Gerwen will take on Gary Anderson, Daryl Gurney and Dave Chisnall in Group A of the unique tournament, which sees the world’s top eight players lock horns.
The Paddy Power Champions League of Darts takes place on September 22-23 at the Brighton Centre.