Simon Whitlock nonetheless believes he ought to have competed on this 12 months’s Premier League and blasted the ‘stupid’ contenders idea as ‘not working at all’.
The Wizard was broadly anticipated to get an invitational spot within the Premier League this 12 months, however missed out on one of many 10 spots, regardless of being ranked within the high 10 on the planet.
Rankings are not any assure of a spot within the match, except you might be within the high 4, however the Australian nonetheless feels it was an actual kick within the enamel to be ignored.
This turned much more infuriating when Gary Anderson pulled out, opening up a spot within the occasion, however as a substitute of handing it to Whitlock, the model new contenders plan was unveiled.
Nine gamers got here in for one-night-only appearances all through the competitors, and Whitlock didn’t even get a spot in that initiative.
The world quantity 12 thinks this 12 months might have been his final likelihood to play within the Premier League, and it was the lowly-ranked Raymond van Barneveld’s upcoming retirement that value him.
‘I thought I’d be in [the Premier League] 100 per cent,’ Whitlock informed Live Darts. ‘Until Raymond [van Barneveld] determined to say he was going to retire. That in all probability value me a spot.
‘It did hurt me. I am gutted I wasn’t within the Premier League, as a result of after I did play final 12 months, I had pleurisy, and that affected my complete match, after 4 weeks.
What is pleurisy?
As per the NHS: ‘Pleurisy is irritation of the tissue (pleura) between the lungs and ribcage.
‘The commonest symptom of pleurisy is a pointy chest ache if you breathe deeply. You typically additionally really feel ache in your shoulder.
‘The ache could also be worse if you cough, sneeze or transfer round. It could also be relieved by taking shallow breaths.
‘Other symptoms include shortness of breath and a dry cough.’
‘Forget that. I’m wanting in direction of the long run now. I’ll in all probability by no means play within the Premier League once more now, as a result of I’m 50 and so they’re not in search of individuals my age any extra. That’s the best way I look at it.
When requested in regards to the 9 contenders getting concerned, the previous world finalist was blunt in his response.
‘I’ll be sincere, I assumed it was silly. I didn’t assume it labored at all,’ mentioned the Aussie.
‘The Premier League should be the top 10 in the rankings, and that way you know what you’re taking part in for. Twice now, I’ve been high 10 and I’ve been dumped from it.
‘Being totally honest, I don’t assume it’s the correct manner. I feel it is best to earn your spot, high 10 all day lengthy.’
Whitlock’s stance has not softened for the reason that Premier League discipline was introduced in January when he first expressed his disappointment.
The 50-year-old tweeted: ‘Very dissatisfied to not be within the 2019 @OfficialPDC PL as I had a great 12 months and stay in high 10 of the world rankings, my averages have been excessive and I carried out effectively in most TV occasions…. it’s a kick within the enamel BUT it’ll make me extra targeted and decided this season.
Very dissatisfied to not be within the 2019 @OfficialPDC PL as I had a great 12 months and stay in high 10 of the world rankings, my averages have been excessive and I carried out effectively in most TV occasions…. it’s a kick within the enamel BUT it’ll make me extra targeted and decided this season 🙆🏼♂️🙆🏼♂️😥🙄
— Simon Whitlock (@SWhitlock180) January 2, 2019
‘I know I am one of the best 10 players in the world and I have great supporters around the globe, I owe it to them, my sponsors and myself to step up a gear in 2019… #Wizardiscomingback’
The standards for Premier League qualification in 2020 has not but been introduced, and even determined as but.
Whitlock will want a improbable finish to the 12 months to be into consideration, having not received a match but in 2019, however with quite a few majors left earlier than the sector is introduced, he has loads of time to get his arms on a trophy.
The Wizard will probably be again in motion at the pair of Players Championship occasions in Barnsley this weekend.