Glen Durrant is hoping to crown a ‘dream’ first year in the PDC with the biggest title of all at Alexandra Palace.
Durrant, who won his Tour Card in January after lifting his third Lakeside Championship, has reached the semi-finals of three televised events in his debut campaign.
The 49-year-old has also claimed two Players Championship titles and is now targeting the best possible end to his maiden year in the PDC.
“It’s been a dream first year and now I want the cherry on the cake with a good run at Alexandra Palace,” said Durrant, who will meet Jose de Sousa or Damon Heta on his Alexandra Palace debut.
“I’m super excited, Ally Pally is going to be really special and in truth I’ve had one eye on it since the World Matchplay finished in July.
“I’ve done really well in my first year, whatever targets I’ve set I’ve exceeded them and to be honest the World Championship feels like a bit of a bonus for me.
“I’m very proud to be a seeded player in my first year, but I'm not taking anything for granted – it’s going to be the old cliché of one game at a time and that’s the way it has to be.
“I’m really determined to go out there and achieve something special while having a bit of fun too.”
Teessider Durrant enjoyed an unforgettable week in Blackpool at the World Matchplay where he received an incredible reception from the Winter Gardens crowd, before going on to reach the final four at the World Grand Prix and Grand Slam of Darts in October and November respectively.
Having gained a reputation as one of the game’s most dedicated practicers, Durrant explained he has left no corner unturned in his quest for a fourth world title.
“I’ve put in some real groundwork at home in the last couple of weeks,” Durrant continued.
“It’s a bit like a school exam and I've had a bit of revision to do, a couple of things I had to put right.
“Just like in my BDO days I’ll be putting in double the amount of practice that I normally would.
“I’ll be at my best, I’m good at playing my best game when I need it most. I know I’ve got the bottle.
“I love making history and if I won this title I’d be the only player ever to hold both the PDC and BDO titles at the same time, that excites me.
“I’ve missed a couple of opportunities in semi-finals, but now I’m ready to make that next step up.”
The 2019/2020 William Hill World Darts Championship will be held from December 13-January 1 at Alexandra Palace in London.
The tournament will be broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK, on PDCTV-HD for Rest of the World Subscribers and through the PDC's worldwide broadcast partners including DAZN and RTL7.