DARTS star Daryl Gurney is eager to return to the Morningside Arena for October's Paddy Power Champions League of Darts after visiting the Leicester venue on Friday.

World number five Gurney is expected to be amongst eight top stars competing in the BBC-televised Champions League on October 19-20, with the event moving to Leicester in 2019.

The Northern Irish ace, nicknamed "Superchin", made a guest appearance at the Morningside Arena when he took to the court at the sell-out Leicester Riders clash with Newcastle Eagles.

"I think it's brilliant – a great venue," said Gurney. "It was the first time I've ever watched the basketball and it's end-to-end stuff, very entertaining. Our darts is always fast but these boys are ultra-fit."

Gurney previously competed in the 2018 Champions League, and his victory in November's Players Championship Finals cemented his position in the world's top eight.

He sits fifth on the PDC Order of Merit at present, with the top eight players following July's World Matchplay qualifying to compete in the Champions League.

"Hopefully I'll be back here," he added. "I've got to pick up my form a bit - you never know what the other players are going to do - but fingers crossed I get to play in this wonderful arena."

Five fans won a pair of tickets to the Paddy Power Champions League of Darts at Friday's event, with two on-court appearances from Gurney preceded by a special darts challenge for the venue's hospitality guests, where Steve Nash managed to beat the three-dart score set by the PDC star.

Daryl Gurney at Leicester Riders

 

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