MICHAEL VAN GERWEN plans to be the dominant force again as the Unibet Premier League gets underway on Thursday in Newcastle.
World number one and recently-crowned three-time World Champion van Gerwen has topped the table every year since his debut in 2013 and is chasing a fifth title.
“For the last six years I have shown I am the best player by finishing top of the league, which is something I am very proud of,” said Van Gerwen, who won The Masters on Sunday.
“But there have been times when I’ve not been at my best, made mistakes and lost matches, so if I can cut out those losses then I could win it by even more which will be my aim.”
Van Gerwen begins his campaign with a repeat of the 2018 final – and January’s World Championship final – against Michael Smith.