Peter Wright will flourish in Premier League, says Rod Harrington
Last Updated: 02/01/14 3:15pm
2014 World Championship runner-up Peter Wright will be a fantastic addition to the Premier League.
That's the view of Sky Sports pundit Rod Harrington after the 43-year-old was named as one of the 10 players that will be competing in this spring's weekly Sky Live tournament.
Wright will join defending Premier League champion - and the man that beat him in a thrilling clash at Alexandra Palace - Michael van Gerwen, plus Phil Taylor, Simon Whitlock, and Adrian Lewis in the line-up.
Raymond van Barneveld, Gary Anderson, Dave Chisnall, Robert Thornton and Wes Newton complete the cast - but Harrington expects Wright to delight and capture the imagination of casual darts supporters.
"The Premier League is a show so you get a lot of people coming who are not darts fanatics and they are going to love Peter's clothes and hair," said Harrington.
"No matter who's in the Premier League it's fun, because it's kind of a glorified exhibition."
"But he has the bottle to do well; too many players think: 'I can't win from here' and give up, but he doesn't do that."
The 2014 Premier League commences on Thursday, February 6 at Liverpool's Echo Arena with a match between tungsten titans Van Gerwen and Taylor.
And Sky Sports' Wayne Mardle - a former Premier League star - thinks the elite 10 must embrace performing in front of vociferous crowds every week.
"No matter who's in the Premier League it's fun, because it's kind of a glorified exhibition," said Mardle.
"Players need to enjoy it and see it as a showcase of them and the sport and not think it's a chore going up and down the country, like some players have in the past."
2014 Premier League schedule
Thu, Feb 6: Echo Arena, Liverpool
Thu, Feb 13: BIC, Bournemouth
Thu, Feb 20: Odyssey Arena, Belfast
Thu, Feb 27: SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Thu, Mar 6: Westpoint Arena, Exeter
Thu, Mar 13: Capital FM Arena, Nottingham
Thu, Mar 20: First Direct Arena, Leeds
Thu, Mar 27: The 02, Dublin
Thu, Apr, 3: Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Thu, Apr, 10: Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield
Thu, Apr 17: GE Oil & Gas Arena, Aberdeen
Thu, Apr 24: Phones 4u Arena, Manchester
Thu, May 1: NIA, Birmingham
Thu, May 8: Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
Thu, May 15: The Brighton Centre
Thu, May 22 (play-offs): The O2, London