We continue the countdown to the new PDC season by taking a closer look at the 19 first-time Tour Card Holders who will compete on the PDC ProTour for the first time later this week.
The 2021 ProTour season begins on Thursday with Super Series 1 in Milton Keynes, where the new-look field of Tour Card Holders will compete for the year's first ranking title, with live action from two boards streamed on PDCTV.
Nationality: Republic of Ireland
Hometown: Duleek, Republic of Ireland
Info: Teenage sensation Barry's arrival on the tour is highly-anticipated, having caught the eye of spectators from a very young age. An Irish Matchplay champion in 2019, Barry has twice appeared at Alexandra Palace, while two Development Tour titles in 2020 helped him top the Development Tour Order of Merit to subsequently win a Tour Card.
Hometown: Winterhaven, Florida, USA
Nickname: The Gambler
Info: Guam-born Baggish has made quite an impression on darts fans in a short space of time in the PDC. Having won the 2019 North American Darts Championship as a relative unkown, Baggish has gone on to appear in the World Championship twice, reaching the third round in the 2020/21 event.
Hometown: Bransgore, England
Nickname: Scotty Dog
Info: 2015 Lakeside champion Mitchell needs no introduction to darts fans. The likeable farmer spent many years as one the BDO's top players before competing on the PDC circuit for the first time in 2020
Nationality: Czech Republic
Hometown: Návsí, Czech Republic
Info: Despite only taking up the sport in 2018, Gawlas' consistently high averages have already shown a natural talent that could take him far in the game. A runner-up in both the World Youth Championship and JDC World Championship, Gawlas competed in the Grand Slam of Darts in 2020.
Hometown: Landsberg am Lech, Germany
Info: Unterbuchner made a big impression in his first PDC outing, reaching the quarter-finals of the 2018 Grand Slam of Darts. The German talent has twice reached the semi-finals at Lakeside and came runner-up to Glen Durrant in the 2018 BDO World Trophy.
Geert De Vos
Hometown: Baardegem, Belgium
Info: De Vos will compete in the PDC for the first time in 2021, having previously appeared in the 2015 Grand Slam of Darts where he famously averaged 113.86 in one of his group stage matches. The Belgian won the BDO World Trophy in 2015 and was a Lakeside quarter-finalist in 2017.
Hometown: Moscow, Russia
Nickname: The Viking
Info: Long-since tipped to for a place on tour, Koltsov created history as the first Russian player to win a Tour Card. The Russian has qualified for four World Championships since 2014 and has competed five times in the World Cup of Darts, reaching the quarter-finals in 2017.
Hometown: Brisbane, Australia
Info: As Kyle Anderson steps away from the PDC tour, Mathers arrival ensures the Aussie contingent remains at three. A regular winner on the DPA circuit, Mathers has twice appeared at Alexandra Palace and has featured in a number of World Series events.
Hometown: Cologne, Germany
Info: A former handball player in Germany's second division, Hempel becomes the latest German to join the ProTour. Hempel previously competed on the PDC's European Tour in 2019, and posted a series of impressive averages at Q School.
Hometown: Manchester, England
Info: Two Challenge Tour event wins in 2020 helped him win his Tour Card as the overall Challenge Tour Order of Merit winner. Evans reached the quarter-finals of the BDO Championship.
Hometown: Bristol, England
Info: John will join father Steve on tour in 2021, having come through the JDC system set up by his dad.
Hometown: Northampton, England
Nickname: The Main Man
Info: A former trainee at Norwich City Football Club, Main's football career was ended by injury. But just four years after picking up a set of darts he has joined the professional ranks.
Hometown: Pontardawe, Wales
Nickname: The Prince of Wales
Info: Welsh legend Richie Burnett has passed his iconic nickname onto Williams, who made his televised event debut at the 2020 UK Open.
Hometown: Newbury, England
Info: Reached the last 16 of the 2017 UK Open and won a Challenge Tour event in 2015.
Hometown: Stoke-on-Trent, England
Info: The latest player from the Stoke 'production line', Jones has twice competed in the BDO World Masters.
Hometown: Arbroath, Scotland
Info: Highly-rated among many darts analysts, firefighter Soutar has twice reached the last 16 of the BDO World Masters.
Hometown: Soham, England
Nickname: The Shredder
Info: A Challenge Tour event winner in 2014 who competed in the 2016 UK Open.
Hometown: Gainsborough, England
Nickname: Steady Eddie
Info: A four-time competitor in the UK Open, Lovely twice reached the last 16 of the BDO World Masters and hit a nine-dart finish on the Challenge Tour in 2018.
Hometown: Newbury, England
Info: Featured in the UK Opens of 2016 and 2020.