Darts ace Joe Cullen declared he is made for the Premier League after clinching a play-off spot in his first-ever season in the competition.
The Rockstar propelled himself into top-four contention by winning the penultimate night of the regular season in London last week and knew, if he could beat Peter Wright in their quarter-final in Newcastle, he would be heading to Berlin for finals night.
And he did just that thanks to a supreme display of finishing to end the hopes of the reigning world champion in a 6-4 scoreline. Cullen will face his great mate Jonny Clayton in the semi-finals on June 13 while Michael van Gerwen will battle James Wade in the other last-four tie.
Whatever happens in the German capital though, Cullen has made an impressive impact on the annual darting roadshow, with his game rising to new levels while his jovial persona has been a hit with fans in arenas too. The Masters champion says he has no intention of being a Premier League one-hit wonder.
“I’ve always thought I’m made for the Premier League,” he said via Online Darts TV. “Without being disrespectful to other players, there’s players who are cracking players, but they’re boring.
“I think I bring a little bit of something different to the Premier League. I’ve got a bit of personality about me and I think that’s shone through. Getting to the play-offs, I’ve justified my spot.”
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With a busy schedule which has seen European Tour events follow immediately after Premier League nights, Cullen will now have a welcome break before play-offs night.
“I’m happy to have a couple of weeks off,” he said. “It’s been a long, long Premier League, we’ve been 16 weeks constant. With a few Europeans, a few midweek Pro Tours, it’s been really full-on, so I’m looking forward to the time off.
“I probably won’t pick a dart up for the next week or so, just to spend some time with my family as I’ve not seen much of them. I think I’ve seen Jonny [Clayton] more than my own wife. I’ve started calling him ‘love’ and everything!
“I’m happy with the time off. If it [the play-offs] was next week, I think I’d be a little bit underprepared. With a couple of weeks off, I think I’ll be more than ready for that night.”