Claydon eyes spot on Ally Pally stage

POTENTIAL QUALIFIER: Brett Claydon is hoping to qualify on Monday for the PDC World Championship at Alexandra Palace
POTENTIAL QUALIFIER: Brett Claydon is hoping to qualify on Monday for the PDC World Championship at Alexandra Palace

Brett Claydon admits it would be ‘a dream come true’ if he could reach this year’s PDC William Hill World Darts Championship.

The Sudbury Town player will attempt to reach the showpiece event on the darting calendar at Alexandra Palace, when he heads to Coventry’s Ricoh Arena for the PDPA World Championship Qualifier on Monday.

“Making the world championship is what every darts player wants to do,” said Claydon. “Every year I set realistic targets and goals and I have hit mine this year.

“To make the world championships would be out of this world and it would be like a dream coming true for me.”

Claydon will face a field that includes former world number one Colin Lloyd and former world championship finalists Mark Dudbridge and Peter Manley.

Despite a strong field being assembled, the 31-year-old has claimed he does not fear anyone he will come up against.

“It doesn’t really matter who I am up against as although this is a strong field I have beaten better players this year,” said Claydon. “Like with every tournament I will go in feeling confident and if it is to be my day it will be my day.

“I know I have the game to do it and I just that little bit of luck to hit the right shots at the right time.”

Claydon was given an additional confidence boost at the weekend when chalking up victories over two of the most recognisable names on the PDC circuit during events 19 and 20 of the Players’ Championship.

The Soham-based thrower ousted 2012 world championship runner-up Andy Hamilton in the second round on Saturday, before bowing out 6-5 to Matt Padgett.

Event 20 saw Claydon make his way past Ronnie Baxter 6-4, before losing 6-4 in round two to Johnny Haines.