Phil Taylor "means business" ahead of emotional comeback to competitive darts

Phil Taylor is doing everything in his power to set-up a victorious return to competitive darts at the upcoming World Seniors Darts Championship at the Circus Tavern in February 2022.

The Power, who called time on his professional career following 2018 World Darts Championship final defeat to Rob Cross, will return to the iconic darting venue as part of a 24-player field.

Of the 22 that have been announced, Andy 'The Viking' Fordham, John Lowe, Martin Adams and Ted Hankey have all signed up, with two places to be handed to qualifiers.

Taylor will join the competition at the last 16 stage, and will look to banish memories of World Championship defeat by Raymond van Barneveld on New Year's Day in 2007 on the famous stage.

Taylor told the Mirror: “You'd better believe I'll be up for it. This has given me a reason to get out of bed in the morning again.

“After lockdown, there was a picture hanging on the living room wall where there used to be a dartboard.

“I didn't have the same incentive to practise when the exhibition nights stopped – but now the dartboard is back up and I mean business.”

Promoters have now organised sponsorship, TV rights and a minimum of £25,000 in prize money for the winner, with tickets on sale from June 1 for the sets-and-legs format event.

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  • Taylor told WorldSeniorsDarts on Twitter on Monday: "Hi everybody, Phil The Power here, just to let you know, the World Seniors Darts Championship is going to be held at the Circus Tavern.

    "2022, February the third till the sixth. Tickets go on sale on June 1st. I can't wait!

    "Check out WSDT social media for ticketing information. I can't wait.

    "Peter Manley's back… I hope I get him!"

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