Fallon Sherrock is set to make darting history again on Thursday night, but her Premier League debut is just one of so many things she is getting ready for this year.
The 25-year-old will become the first woman to play in the Premier League when she takes on Glen Durrant in Nottingham this week.
This is off the back of her history-making wins at the PDC World Championship in December, becoming the first woman ever to pick up victories in the tournament when she downed Ted Evetts and Mensur Suljovic.
A media circus surrounded Sherrock after those performances in north London and she has become a unique force on the darting scene in 2020.
She does not hold a PDC Tour Card, so will not compete in most tournaments over the season, nor will she bother with the slog of the BDO circuit, chasing ranking points around Europe.
Instead, she is treading a path similar to that of Bobby George in his pomp, forging a darts career based on exhibitions, invitational events and qualifying for the odd major tournament here and there.
With a packed calendar of guest appearances ahead, including the PDC World series events, and having already come through qualifying for the UK Open in March, things are going very much to plan for Fallon.
‘This year is so busy,’ Sherrock told Metro.co.uk. ‘I’ve had loads and loads of opportunities opening up. Loads of exhibitions, tournaments and loads of things away from darts as well, all the media stuff.
‘The World Series is the main one, but also the television stuff as well, so many interviews that I wasn’t used to, like Good Morning Britain, I never thought I’d be on that.’
The invite to all six World Series events will see the Queen of the Palace compete in the US, New Zealand, Australia, Germany and Denmark and she cannot wait to get involved with the globe-trotting.
‘I’m really looking forward to New York, I’ve never been there before,’ she continued. ‘It’s amazing I can’t believe I get to go to all of those countries.
‘One of my best friends is Australian, so I’m going to make a holiday out of the trip down there. I’m well excited!’
Sherrock’s new army of fans have secured her the invites to the World Series and Premier League as the PDC is happy to cash in on the wildly popular player from Milton Keynes.
If her success continues, then we may even see her on television away from the oche, as she would be very keen for a stint on reality TV.
‘I’ve not been asked yet,’ Fallon said of a stint on Strictly or I’m a Celebrity. ‘Obviously I wouldn’t turn it down, it would be an amazing opportunity so I’d definitely take it.’
The former hairdresser has already enjoyed some of the trappings of fame, being treated to a glamorous photoshoot after her World Championship success, and she says her new status has all been positive…so far.
‘I really enjoyed the photoshoot, it’s something I’m not normally used to do something like that,’ said Fallon. ‘If I get any more opportunities like that I’ll take them, because it’s really fun to do.
‘It’s all been quite good so far, I’ve not had any strange or weird requests yet, but we’re only a couple of months into 2020, there’s still 10 months left.’
With a packed schedule of exhibitions, tournaments and appearances, her hairdressing days are in the past and her life is just about balancing her darts and family time with her son.
‘It’s just darts now, I don’t do anything else anymore,’ she said. ‘I literally come home, spend time with my little boy, have a little practice and then I’m off to darts again.’
Sherrock will enjoy the glitz and glamour of the big invitational events in the PDC, but she does plan on getting back to some of the nitty gritty.
Unable to compete on the ProTour, she is ready to take on some of the second-tier Challenge Tour events, and even dip back into the BDO, where she competed until her PDC superstardom began last year.
‘I’ll be doing the Challenge Tour, it all needs to fit it around my schedule, but I will be doing it,’ said Fallon.
‘I’ve got my management planning my whole calendar for this year, that takes a bit of the pressure off so I can just focus on my darts. There’s loads on, it’s incredible how much darts is on.
‘I’ll go to some of the opens in the BDO and see what happens with the new WDF events.
‘I haven’t really set myself too many aims, goals or targets. If I can win a couple of games on TV that would be really good for me and my confidence.
‘I want to get back to Ally Pally, through the qualifiers or however I need to get there.’
Sherrock’s decisions on when and where to compete are almost entirely made based on what is best for her family.
She decided not to play in the 2020 BDO World Championship this year after the confusion over the prize money, which ultimately saw it dramatically reduced.
Instead she went and played alongside the likes of Michael van Gerwen and Gerwyn Price in a lucrative exhibition in Germany, a decision she does not regret.
‘I didn’t want to miss it,’ Fallon said of the BDO World Champs. ‘But I felt like I did what was right to do for me and my little boy, not being guaranteed any prize money it made more sense not to do it, I’m happy with the decision.’
Sherrock and Durrant play on Thursday night in the Premier League live on Sky Sports from the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham.