GARY ANDERSON has still got the “bite” to win a third World Championship according to his manager Tommy Gilmour.
The Flying Scotsman produced a remarkable run to the final of the World Matchplay last month despite a run of injuries and lack of match practice.
Ando has frequently talked of retiring during the tough times and also said he’d quit at 50, which he turns in December.
But Gilmour, head of Dunvegan Enterprises based in Glasgow, believes the two-time World Champ has plenty more years ahead.
He said: “He’s still got the same Gary in him. When he talks to the media he says ‘I’m going to retire’. Then I’m sitting writing contracts up for him for the next five years.
“He’s happy, he’s more contented with the fishing, with the kids growing up.
“I think he’s enjoying these five-day championships. Going to work for five shifts all in the one go.
“He liked the last Summer Series and the same for the Autumn Series in Austria. He’s just Gary.
“I wasn’t always as mellow as this so I’m giving Gary the benefit of the doubt. Age is bringing on a bit of mellowness in him.
He’s a wind-up merchant and that’s just Gary.
“He’s too young and got too much to offer. He’s mellow but he’s still got that bite, he still wants that third World Championship which he’s more than capable of.
“If you’re looking for a good each way bet, I would back Gary Anderson.”
Gilmour also revealed that Anderson was rubbing his hands with SANDPAPER during the Matchplay final to help him grip the darts better.
He added: “He’s still got problems. In the Matchplay final he was rubbing his hands with sandpaper because his darts were slipping due to the sweat. He was having to roughen up his hands.
“Gary will be tampering with the darts and the barrels over the next week or two to get that right. That’s one of the problems he will solve.
“Gary’s one of these players that doesn’t need an awful lot after two or three days of the Matchplay and the week went on he was getting better.
“I think Dimitri van den Bergh played even slower than normal in the final and Gary just likes to play like a Ricky Evans or someone who plays at a 1000mph.
“When it slows up it gets a bit monotonous, you’re not playing darts, you’re playing tactics. But he should be able to cope with that.
“But overall if you would have asked us the week before how would you feel if you get to the final,
we would have been jumping through hoops.”
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