Barney considered quitting

Barney has slipped out of the top four in the world rankings

Raymond van Barneveld has admitted that he considered quitting darts following his surprise first round exit at the recent PDC World Championships.

The Dutchman lost 3-0 to Pro Tour qualifier James Richardson at Alexandra Palace in December to complete a disappointing season. It was a result that led the five-time world champion to seriously consider his future in darts.

“The last World Championship was really poor, I lost to James Richardson in the first round and that was a poor day in my career,” barney told Sky Sports.

“After that I didn't watch the World Championship for three or four days and seriously I was thinking of quitting.

“But I talked to a few people and I started to believe in myself and from January 2nd I started practising four hours a day and its good in my head now.”

Barney has slipped out of the top four in the world rankings and has therefore required a wildcard entry to both last year’s and this year’s Premier League. After finishing second in the group stages last season he lost 8-6 to eventual winner Gary Anderson in the semis, but hopes to improve on that performance this year.

“Last year I was second but blew it in the semi-finals. This year the target is the semis again and then hopefully make the final,” added the 44-year-old.

Barney begins his Premier League campaign against the in-form Simon Whitlock this Thursday evening. Sportingbet offer odds of 9/4 that he makes a winning start, while it is 16/1 that he goes all the way and wins the tournament and 6/4 that he qualifies for the semis.

Written By:- Jaymes Monte (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 09/02/2012 - 12:55 PM
Filed in:- Premier League Darts Betting News, Raymond van Barneveld

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