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Gerwyn Price on Michael van Gerwen and Peter Wright: ‘There’s only one way those two are going and that’s backwards’


Gerwyn Price sees himself on a different path to his rivals (Picture: Getty Images)

Gerwyn Price believes his great rivals Michael van Gerwen and Peter Wright can only decline from where they stand now in darts, saying their careers have peaked while he has plenty more room for improvement.

The Iceman heads to the World Championship on 15 December as the defending champion, world number one and favourite to lift the trophy again with tournament sponsor William Hill.

The 36-year-old usurped his rivals when he beat Gary Anderson in the final at Alexandra Palace in January and he feels that the two men who won the world title most recently before him are now on a permanent decline, with other players in the game likely to overtake them in the near future.

‘I know Michael has reached his peak, same with Peter,’ Price told Metro.co.uk. ‘I don’t think Jonny [Clayton] has peaked yet, I think there’s a lot more to come from him and a lot of the players.

‘Michal Smith, Joe Cullen and certainly myself. As well as I’ve done, there’s a lot more to come.’

Van Gerwen had dominated the sport for over half a decade but is now down to number three in the world and has not won a televised title for over a year.

Peter Wright and Michael van Gerwen won the world title in 2020 and 2019 respectively (Picture: Getty Images)

The Dutchman still believes that when he finds his best form he is the best player on the planet, saying that Price is lying if he suggests otherwise, but the Iceman feels MVG’s best days are behind him and are not coming back.

‘Michael, don’t get me wrong, three or four years ago he was best player in the world but he’s been knocked off his throne and I don’t think he likes that,’ said Price.

‘I think deep down he knows he’s not playing as well as he once was, he’s not the player that he once was and Peter certainly isn’t the player he was two or three years ago either.

‘There’s only one way those two players are going and that’s backwards and I think everyone else around them are going to take over them.

‘Don’t get me wrong, Michael’s a fantastic player, but I don’t think he’ll reach the heights that he once did.’

Despite these sentiments, Price knows that both MVG and Snakebite are still serious threats at the World Championship this year, with Wright only winning the Players Championship Finals title on Sunday.

He rates them in the top four contenders at Alexandra Palace, but feels his World Cup partner with Wales, Jonny Clayton, should be second favourite behind himself.

‘It’s definitely competitive,’ said Price of the World Championship. ‘I don’t think I’m way, way out in front, although I do think I’m in front.

‘I think Jonny is one of the most in form players of the year, but form over the last 12-24 months I definitely believe I’m still at the top of the tree and the man to beat.

‘Jonny is close second, Peter then Michael. There’s other boys I think could win it as well, like I said, Michael Smith is coming into some form, Joe Cullen’s playing really well, James Wade is scoring better than ever. But it’s whoever believes they can win it most.’

Price won his first world title in some style this year (Picture: Getty Images)

Price certainly has that belief, in fact he believes he is going to improve in the coming years, not just maintain the standard that has taken him to the top of the world rankings.

The world champ only began his professional darts career seven years ago, so thinks there is still plenty of improvement still to come.

‘100 per cent. I’m nowhere near the finished article, I’ve got loads more to give,’ he said. ‘I just need to maybe start to practice a little bit more, I know there’s a lot more in the tank, it’s just trying to get it out.

‘Over the next two or three years hopefully I can improve and find that extra, 10, 15, 20 per cent that I know is in there.’

Price will take on either Ritchie Edhouse or Lihao Wen in the second round of the UK Championship on the opening night at Alexandra Palace on 15 December.

The 2021/22 William Hill World Darts Championship will be shown on Sky Sports from December 15-January 3.


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