Smith out to win TV titles "in bunches" to fulfil darting potential

Michael Smith (Ed Mulholland, PDC)

Michael Smith believes that he can start winning big titles "in bunches" as he prepares to round off August's World Series of Darts tour in Hamilton this weekend.

The St Helens star picked up his second World Series of Darts title at the US Darts Masters in June, and has long been tipped as a future World Champion.

However, he has been left frustrated by defeats in two World Championship deciders, and his run of losses in televised ranking finals also included the UK Open in March.

Smith appeared on "Afternoons with Staffy" on SENZ radio in Auckland ahead of this week's TAB New Zealand Darts Masters, and admitted to host Mark Stafford that he has faith that claiming one big title can open the floodgates to further success.

Stafford cited rivals Gary Anderson, Dave Chisnall and James Wade as players who have tipped Smith to enjoy great success in the Sport, and the 31-year-old admitted: "I believe that as well.

"Everyone always says to me "You will get a Worlds" and I always answer back "I'll get more than one!".

"I know I've at least got one [in me] but you've seen it with Jonny [Clayton] - he won the Masters and then won the next three or four.

"Michael [van Gerwen] won the [2012 World] Grand Prix and turned into a freak, Gezzy won the [2018] Grand Slam and went stupid and that's what I think I'll do.

"As soon as I get the first one, I'll start winning them in bunches and the rest should be history."

The TAB New Zealand Darts Masters will be held on August 26-27 at the Globox Arena in Hamilton. Click here for tickets.