Glen Durrant has confirmed he will remain a BDO player for at least the next 12 months as he aims to successfully defend his Lakeside Championship title in 2018.
Durrant culminated a season of emphatic dominance by landing the BDO's most prestigious trophy courtesy of a 7-3 victory over Danny Noppert in the final at Lakeside on Sunday.
The runaway BDO number one claimed a dozen ranking titles last season and had been widely touted for a move to Professional Darts Corporation alongside his Sportsman Management Company stablemates.
However, the Middlesbrough ace has vowed to honour the trophy at Lakeside and remain a BDO player for the coming season, albeit after taking a break from competitive action.
"I was very close to joining the PDC and if I was here being interviewed after a First or Second Round loss at Lakeside I'd have told you I was going to Q School," said Durrant.
"I'm going to take a bit of time out now. If I was a car, I'd be running on empty.
Durrant kisses the iconic Lakeside trophy (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)
"I need to recharge the batteries, whether that's a month or three months out of the game, just whatever it takes.
"I'm delighted to say I'm going to stay on the BDO tour and I'll be back at Lakeside next year to try and retain the title."
Durrant was given less than 24 hours to decide his darting future after claiming glory at Lakeside, with the entry window for the PDC Qualifying School closing at 2pm on Monday.
More than 300 players will battle it out for a minimum of 28 coveted PDC Tour Cards (enabling players to compete on the lucrative PDC circuit for the next two seasons) at Q School in Wigan from January 19-22.
Durrant has featured in the PDC UK Open and gained his most recent taste of the big stage in the 2016 Grand Slam, where he reached the Last 16 before being edge out by Raymond van Barneveld.
His Lakeside success means he is guaranteed a second stint in the sport's biggest cross-code event in Wolverhampton in November.