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Full steam ahead for Peter Wright in his quest for maiden Premier League Darts title

Wright poses with the Premier League trophy (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Peter Wright says he is ready to let off some steam and secure Premier League glory on his O2 debut after consigning his runner-up trophies to his sauna in order to make way for more major silverware.

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Wright has progressed to Finals Night in the sport's elite invitational for the first time after securing an impressive second place finish following a gruelling 15-week tour of the UK, Ireland and Netherlands.

The flamboyant Scot already has seven PDC titles to his name in 2017, more than any other player, and after having a new trophy cabinet installed in his Mendham home, is determined to fill it only with winner's trophies.

"At the beginning of the year I got rid of all my runner-up trophies," said Wright. "I put them in the sauna!

"No one remembers the runner-up, no one worries about them, so it was about time I put them to one side.

"I learned a lot last year from being runner-up so many times against Michael. I know what to do to push over the line, I've done that and now I want to push on and win more."

The world number three heads to London's O2 Arena with his sights set on landing what would be a second major title since March - when he triumphed at the UK Open in Minehead.

"I've finally made it and I'm really looking forward to it," he added. "My form's good and I don't fear anybody.

"Changing darts so much let me down before. I now only have a couple of similar sets rather than nine completely different sets.

"I've been chasing Michael [Van Gerwen] for much of the season and it's been a lot of hard work."

Wright faces a Semi-Final show-down with Phil Taylor - who is bidding to culminate his 13th and final Premier League campaign in dream fashion by winning this title for a seventh time.

Wright has lost just one of his seven previous Premier League clashes with 'The Power', but insists he is wary of the threat posed by the 16-time World Champion in his farewell season.

"It's crazy how things have changed," he added. "Before my first few games against Phil I was about 8/1, now I'm odds-on to beat him.

"Phil is more dangerous now that it's his final year because he's more relaxed.

"I'm gutted he's retiring though because he's still fantastic but he's got to do his own thing and bow out while he's still playing well.

"I have to make sure my head's in the right place tomorrow and all my preparation is done. 

"I watched it [the finals] at home last year and Michael was the only player to turn up, he didn't have to do a lot to win it.

"I see no reason why I can't win this and it would be a reward for all the hard work I've put in."


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Full steam ahead for Peter Wright in his quest for maiden Premier League Darts title

Peter Wright says he is ready to let off some steam and secure Premier League glory on his O2 debut after consigning his runner-up trophies to his sauna in order to make way for more major silverware.

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