Gerwyn Price is hoping to turn jeers to cheers at the Paddy Power Champions League of Darts next month - where a nine-dart finish would earn the Leicester crowd a £100,000 prize.

The unique tournament, being held at the Morningside Arena on October 19-20, sees the world's top eight competing across two days, live on BBC Sport.

Whilst the sport's top stars are competing for a £100,000 top prize, sponsors Paddy Power have also offered the same amount to be shared amongst the crowd at a session where a nine-dart finish is achieved.

Price has yet to land a televised perfect leg but did hit a nine-darter at the Czech Darts Open earlier this year and admits that repeating the feat in Leicester would be a huge boost to his reputation with fans.

"I'd love to hit the nine-darter," said Price. "I've done one on the European Tour against Glen Durrant this year but I've missed two or three on TV too, so I've had chances and never done it yet.

"It would be great for me and it's a piece of history, and I'd love to get one of the gold pin badges, but if the crowd gets £100,000 from it too then that's a bonus.

"If I could do that in the Champions League it might help them get back on my side!

"Every crowd is different and they've been getting better, and in Riesa last weekend they were great by the end - probably because I was winning!"

Price will be competing in Group B in Leicester alongside Rob Cross, Daryl Gurney and Peter Wright, with Group A featuring Michael van Gerwen, Michael Smith, Gary Anderson and James Wade.

"It's the top eight in the world so it doesn't matter which group you're in, it's going to be tough," added Price. "I think our group is, on form, the toughest group.

"I know you've got Michael, Gary, James and Michael Smith in the other group, I'd rather be in that group than our group. Me, Peter, Rob and Daryl are probably the better four players on form at the moment.

"It's nice to be in these events and the Champions League is a bonus, like the Premier League. They're not ranked events but they're big events and it's only the top players in the world.

"I'm looking forward to all of the big events coming up towards the end of the year and obviously I'm going to go out there and give my all.

"It's nice to play the top players and beat them, but at the end of the day I'm one of them as well now and I don't worry about any of the other players any more.

"If I play my A-game, I know I'm going to win, so now basically it's all about me and not worrying about anybody else."

Gerwyn Price (Tobias Wenzel, PDC Europe)

Price secured his second European Tour victory last weekend as he retained the International Darts Open title in Riesa, edging out Cross in the final to complete a high-quality weekend.

He had also reached a Players Championship final in the midweek before travelling to Germany - losing to Jose De Sousa - and is pleased with his form ahead of the forthcoming run of televised events.

"I didn't realise that I was the defending champion until I saw the draw on the PDC website," admitted Price. "I didn't have much time to think about the defence but I felt confident going there.

"A couple of games I went behind, I was still confident that I could come back and win. I was scoring well and out-scoring people, but just missing opportunities.

"I've been playing well recently, I probably should have won a ProTour event. Even though I lost 8-1, I just messed up in the final.

"Not going Down Under for the World Series and being off for three weeks didn't really help. I was building a Man Cave at the back of my house, so I wasn't really practicing a lot.

"When I came back on the European Tour I just wasn't very confident, I lost 6-1 to Vincent van der Voort and wasn't playing well. I changed my set of darts to a new set, went to the next event and did alright, even though I lost to Glen Durrant.

"I knew I was playing well, and to go to the ProTour and play well on the Tuesday, I have built from that. I'm starting to play well and have a bit more confidence."

Tickets for the 2019 Champions League of Darts are available from SeeTickets and the Morningside Arena.