PDC World Championship: Phil Taylor admits he could carry on beyond age of 55
Last Updated: January 4, 2013 3:44pm
Phil Taylor told Sky Sports he has no plans to walk away from darts after capturing his 16th world title - and might even consider playing beyond the age of 55.
'The Power' rallied from 4-2 down to defeat Dutchman Michael van Gerwen in a thrilling final at Alexandra Palace on Tuesday night to lift the Sid Waddell Trophy, named in honour of the late Sky Sports commentator.
"I've been written off more times than Rocky Balboa I think. I've had more comebacks than Sylvester (Stallone) anyway."
On the eve of the match the 52-year-old - who struggled with illness during the the tournament - admitted he was considering his future in the sport, particularly after his semi-final spat with Raymond van Barneveld.
"I'm not going to walk away," Taylor said. I'm going to have a little break, obviously. I need a bit of a rest now.
"I'm going to do a promotion in Dubai this month, so I'm going to take that as a holiday. I'm going to relax and get ready for the Premier League next.
"I've been written off more times than Rocky Balboa I think. I've had more comebacks than Sylvester (Stallone) anyway.
"I'm not going to give in - I'm going to keep going and show them I'm still dedicated."
Taylor admitted he had always envisioned packing in darts at the age of 55, though he would be willing to shelve that plan if he still felt he was fully dedicated to playing on.
"That was my plan in life, even when I was working in a factory," the Stoke thrower added. "I'm going to see how I feel over the next two or three years - if I feel ok at 55 then I will carry on.
"You'll wake up one morning and you'll know that you've had enough - but it's not yet."
What made Taylor's triumph over Van Gerwen even more special for him was it made sure he would become the first man to get his hands on the new trophy named after his late friend Waddell.
"It's extra special," he admitted. "You mention Sid's name and everyone smiles. That's the memories of Sid.
"He was probably my best friend in darts, along with Eric Bristow. Sid was exceptional. I do miss him dearly."