History-maker Wade savouring the moment

James Wade

James Wade admits he is savouring his success more than he did earlier in his career after lifting his tenth televised PDC ranking title at the Ladbrokes UK Open.

Wade joined Phil Taylor as just the second player in PDC history to win TV titles across three decades at the Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes on Sunday, defeating Luke Humphries 11-5 in the final.

Almost 13 years on from his first UK Open title in 2008, Wade completed the hat-trick ten years after his second to underline his longevity in the sport's elite echelon.

"The winning feeling is amplified now compared to when I've won TV titles in the past," Wade admitted.

"In the early days when I won my first few titles I didn't realise how lucky I was. I savour the moment now.

"Hand on my heart, I always knew I would win more. But I don't think I've won this through belief, I've won it on ability.

"I've proved I can still do it. Everyone else is probably more shocked than me.

"If I didn't have my problems in the past then perhaps I would've won a lot more, but I have had problems so this proves you can still overcome them and do the business.

"To win TV titles across three decades, that speaks volumes in my opinion."

Wade, who will turn 38 in April, pockets the £100,000 winner's prize which sees him move up to fourth in the PDC Order of Merit, overtaking Rob Cross as the highest-ranked Englishman.

When asked about his future ambitions, Wade made it clear which trophy he would love to get his hands on in 2021. 

"I'm not done yet. One that's eating away at me is the World Matchplay," said Wade, whose sole seaside success came in 2007.

"It' been bugging me for many, many years now.

"I want to win that one again because it's something special to me, so I want to do the business in Blackpool this year.

"In general, I'm just going to keep going. I want to make a difference in the darts world and if I can still do that then I'll still be here."