The Japanese star is the latest in a batch of new talent that Unicorn has added to their players’ roster in the last few months. The trend of widening the global reach of classic darts brands seems to be accelerating. Harrows, Red Dragon and Unicorn have all joined Target in the far east market.
Unicorn summarised the signing as follows;
The 32-year-old from Yamanashi is delighted to be on board with the World’s leading darts manufacturer and follows in the footsteps of close friend and practise partner Seigo Asada in being the third Japanese star to represent the brand ”Unicorn is a very famous worldwide dart brand and I am so honoured to receive this opportunity.”
Masakazu Fukunaga and Yoshikazu Arai from Felix Corporation the Unicorn Distributor in Japan echoed those thoughts: “All of us at Felix Corporation are delighted that Unicorn has given Toru this opportunity. Their knowledge and help will play a crucial part in his darting development.”
Asada commented “Toru is an amazing player and his natural home is with Unicorn. He is joining a fantastic team!”.
Suzuki, who finished 5th & 3rd over the last two years on Japan’s Perfect Tour, also claimed three victories during his 2017 campaign. He will be playing a full part on the PDC Asian Tour alongside Asada this year, with his ultimate aim in the future to claim a coveted PDC Tour card.
Unicorn Player Liaison Manager Matt Rankin said: “Toru is destined for bigger and better things and Unicorn will be with him every step of the way.”
Lee Parker Unicorn’s Production Director added “We are very pleased to have Toru join the Unicorn Team. My development and design engineers are working with Toru and myself to create his first Player Edition Unicorn Dart Set. This is planned for globally release later in 2019. These are exciting times for Unicorn Japan and Unicorn Worldwide.”
Darts World Asia darts specialist and other sources suggest that this pick suggests Unicorn have backed what they see as potential and a strong business case. Other more notable names are available, or soon will be, due to changes in the manufacturer landscape. Yet Unicorn has taken what appears to be a risk on Suzuki.
It will be interesting to monitor his success.
Original Article appears at http://www.playwiththebest.com/blog/Darts2019060701
Addition Contributions by our dartsworld.com special correspondant.
Pics & Summary Courtesy of Unicorn Darts (Matt Rankin)