“I’ve got loads more major titles left in me. I’ve never reached what I know I’m capable of, but there’s a lot more in the tank.”
JAMES WADE reckons his “stubbornness” could help him prove all the doubters wrong and win his second Premier League title.
The Aldershot hotshot has been in outstanding form all year since reaching the semi-finals of the World Championship.
Now Wade, 39, believes he can grab his second PL title in Berlin tonight (Monday) – 13 years after beating Phil Taylor and then Mervyn King to win at Wembley.
He said: “Ten years ago I was on stage when Phil (Taylor) hit those twin nine-darters in the Premier League play-off final, and I like to think it’s a testament to my ability, stubbornness and me being pig-headed, but I know I’ve still got my best stuff to come.
“I’ve been proving people wrong for 10 to 15 years. I will continue to do it for as long as I want to do it.
“I’m winning in life, and I believe I’ve got loads more major titles left in me. I’ve never reached what I know I’m capable of, but there’s a lot more in the tank.
“I’ve won the Premier League once, back in 2009, and it’s only certain other people who don’t think I can do it again.
“I always think I can win it – it just depends which mindset I’ve got when I turn up – and I’ve been a lot more stable with my personality, on and off the board, in the last six months, which is always a good sign.
“If I can be less up-and-down, and maintain a consistent level of ability, I’m hard to beat.”
Wade will face Michael van Gerwen in the semi-finals, having just beaten the Dutchman in the Nordic Masters on Sunday.
He said: “I don’t care if I play Michael van Gerwen, Jonny Clayton, Peter Wright or whoever in Berlin – German crowds have always been good to me and they are some of the best we play in front of.
“The table tells you, clear as day, that Jonny is the one to beat at the moment.
“If you lose, it doesn’t matter whether you are on the moon, the O2 or Germany: it hurts for an hour or so, and next day you move on to the next one or go home to see your family.”
Story by Phil Lanning
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