Priestley 'can take it or leave it'

  • By: Nick Hext
  • Last Updated: December 11 2012, 7:50 GMT

Dennis Priestley is back at the World Darts Championship but has "mixed feelings" about a return to Alexandra Palace.

Dennis Priestley: Not a fan of Alexandra Palace

The two-time world champion missed out on a spot in the previous edition of the tournament to end a run of over 20 years at darts' top table.

Priestley now arrives back at the PDC showpiece after some strong results this season, most notably a run to a Players Championship final in Crawley during which he beat the in-form Michael van Gerwen before losing to Simon Whitlock.

The 62-year-old starts his bid for the biggest prize in darts against Ronnie Baxter next Wednesday but won't be getting carried away.

"I am delighted (to be back) but it's a mixed feeling," Priestley told sportinglife.com.

"Because I missed it last year I'm a little bit excited but I can take it or leave it to be honest.

"I'll turn up and play my game and if it's good enough, it's good enough.

"I went to Crawley and lost in the final which got me into the World Championship.

"I play for the money and I'm not bothered about glory. One comes with the other as success gives you money."

Ally Pally is hosting the World Championship for the sixth year in succession but Priestley is far from an advocate of the famous North London venue.

"I'm not a fan of it as I just think it's a false set-up for a darts tournament," he added.

"The stage is miles too wide and it wouldn't upset me if it was moved. The others might all say they like it but I'm not a fan of it.

"It's OK me criticising it but I don't know if there's anywhere else that's suitable.

"In this great country of ours though I'm sure there's one place."


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