Phil Taylor drops a hint that he could make a return to professional darts

Phil Taylor & Michael van Gerwen
Phil Taylor & Michael van Gerwen

Darts legend Phil Taylor has dropped a hint that he could make a competitive return to the game.

The 16-time world champion called time on his glittering professional career after finishing runner-up to Rob Cross in the Alexandra Palace final at the start of 2018 and has since being touring the world doing lucrative exhibitions.

But Taylor, who also won a 16th World Matchplay title in his final season, has now suggested for the first time that he is tempted to renew old rivalries with the likes of Michael van Gerwen should he make improvements to his game.

Speaking at the release of Target's ground-breaking new Swiss Point system, the 59-year-old told www.live-darts.com: "You practice on the practice board then you go onto the match board and it's never the same. For me, I was going above the treble. Now I can change the points within probably 10 or 15 seconds, just like changing flights.

"So if I was dropping on top of the wire, I could have put a smaller point in or a larger point and maybe just dropped it down a fraction. That makes all the difference between hitting 60 and hitting a 180.

"The one thing being with Target is, we keep pushing forward and trying to improve. I'm going to practice with these, and if I get good, I'm going to come back, trust me."

The 59-year-old has continually dismissed any talk of a return to the PDC circuit, however he has exclusively revealed for the first time that he may be open to a comeback in the near future.

Phil Taylor tells Live Darts that he could possibly return to professional darts

Target's 2019 product launch, in which his Generation 6 darts were unveiled, incorporates the new Swiss Point system - a revolutionary tool which allows points to be changed in a matter of seconds.

If the Stoke legend was to make a comeback, he'd most likely have to enter the gruelling Qualifying School in a bid to regain a Tour Card.

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