Henderson hoping to reignite career after 'best night of life'


John Henderson is hoping to reignite his career after enjoying the 'best night of his life' in lifting the Cazoo World Cup of Darts in Jena on Sunday.

Competing in just his second World Cup, Henderson and Peter Wright took the title back to Scotland for the second time in three years with victory over Austria in the final, having claimed dramatic victories over Wales and Scotland earlier in the day.

A late replacement following Gary Anderson's withdrawal, Henderson explained how Wright's words of wisdom inspired him.

"I will take so much from this weekend into my game going forward," said Henderson. "How could I not learn from someone like Peter?

"He's always given me advice over the years, but this weekend has just been the most incredible experience playing alongside him.

"He's been so good to me this weekend, he's captained me well and he's looked after me.

"I really do believe that his captaincy is what won it for us with his decisions and leadership, particularly on the final day."

Despite currently sitting outside the provisional qualifying places for the 2021/22 World Championship, his World Cup triumph means he will compete in November's Grand Slam of Darts for the first time since 2010.

John Henderson
Henderson has secured a place in the Grand Slam of Darts

Henderson has fallen to world number 46 in 2021, but is now targeting a strong end to the year to spark a rise back up the PDC Order of Merit.

He continued: "I've fallen down the rankings to 46, but I think I'm quite a bit better than that.

"It's been a tough time for everyone over the last 18 months with the stop-start nature of competition, and I think I haven't dealt well with that.

"But now I can look ahead to a busy back end of the year as a World Cup champion, which obviously gives me huge confidence.

"The obvious example to follow is Jonny Clayton, who has become one of the best players in the world since winning the World Cup last year.

"I'm not saying I'm going to go and win the Premier League next year, but I will be looking to keep the momentum going in the same way he has done."

As well as looking to the future, Henderson was keen to savour the moment in a joint champions press-conference with Wright.

The proud Scot explained what it means to him to be returning to Aberdeenshire as a World cup winner.

Henderson added: "Aberdeen Premier League was the best night of my life until tonight.

"I said I wouldn't cry if we won it. I've seen it so many times on TV when players win things and I wondered why they're crying, but now I understand that feeling.

"To win this with a great friend of mine is the pinnacle of anybody's career.

"It means so much to me and I saw what it meant to Peter too, even though he won it for a second time.

"Coming into the tournament I thought we had a chance, but as the weekend went on I felt more and more confident."

Wright became the second player to win the World Cup with two different partners

For Wright it was a second World Cup title, as he joined Raymond van Barneveld as only the second player to win it with two different partners.

The World Matchplay champion is backing his teammate to use their victory as a springboard to individual success.

"Winning it with John has been an absolute pressure," said Wright.

"He's shown the world he can handle darts under pressure, nobody will want to play him in the TV events coming up.

"He showed his quality by beating Gerwyn [Price] and almost beating Michael [van Gerwen], he's just a fantastic player who people need to watch out for.

"Hopefully this is just the start of John showing the world who John Henderson is."