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Noppert confirms PDC switch via European Qualifying School

Noppert celebrates at the Grand Slam (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Danny Noppert has become the latest BDO star to announce their intention to move to the PDC after being knocked out of the Lakeside World Championship.

Noppert, last year's Lakeside runner-up, suffered a Second Round exit to Mark McGeeney on Wednesday and confirmed on social media that he will enter the upcoming PDC Qualifying School.

The 27-year-old Dutchman gained his first taste of a PDC major at the 2016 Grand Slam - where he reached the Last 16 - before returning to the Wolves Civic 12 months later and bowing out in the Group Stage.

A Facebook statement from 'Noppie' read: "Do not worry. I'm going to play at Q-School for the PDC next week. Go for it."

Noppert will feature in the all-new European Q School in Hildesheim, Germany from January 18-21 - where a minimum of four automatic Tour Cards will be up for grabs.

The European Q School runs alongside the traditional Qualifying School in Wigan across the same dates - where a guaranteed eight Tour Cards are available, as well as an unconfirmed number of top-ups from the final Q School Order of Merit.

Noppert will join the likes of Jeff Smith, Martin Atkins and Cameron Menzies in switching codes this year, with 166 UK entrants and 64 European hopefuls already registered to compete.

Smith, Lakeside runner-up in 2016, will make the long trip from Canada to compete in the UK Qualifying School as he looks to regain a place on the PDC circuit.

The Canadian held a Tour Card in 2011 before returning to the BDO in 2014, but was controversially handed a wildcard to compete in last month's PDC World Championship - where he defeated Luke Humphries in the Preliminary Round before losing out to Gary Anderson in Round One.

Scotland's Menzies also signalled his intention to head to Wigan after a disappointing First Round exit to Conan Whitehead on his Lakeside debut.



Menzies made his first appearance in the Grand Slam last November and is now part of the Tommy Gilmour darts stable which is also comprised of the likes of Gary Anderson, Ian White and Michael Smith.

Atikins, 52, competed in twelve BDO World Championships from 2005 but will attempt to secure a place on the £11 million PDC circuit for the first time.

Other notable confirmed Q School entrants include former PDC world number one and World Matchplay champion Colin Lloyd, former Premier League player Wes Newton and 2016 World Youth Champion Corey Cadby.

The close of entry for both Qualifying Schools is Tuesday January 16, with any player aged 16 or above eligible to win a two-year PDC Tour Card to join the professional circuit.


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