By Phil Lanning
PETER WRIGHT spent the weekend with his beloved new puppies and is now ready to put more bite into his Premier League title bid.
The 2020 World Champion has struggled with patchy form so far in Milton Keynes and returns tonight (Weds) to face top of the table Nathan Aspinall.
But Wright, 51, admits he’s refreshed and aiming to end his paw performances thanks to his cute new Border Collie Blue Merle pups.
He revealed: “There’s nothing like being at home to recharge the batteries. I admit it’s been really tough being stuck in the hotel.
“It was amazing to get back to see our three puppies. Skylar is my wife Jo’s, Willow is for my daughter Naomi and I called my pup Cupid because she has a crossbow shape on her butt!
“To be honest it was difficult to drag myself away to practice. But my home life gives me that space of mind which I need.
“We also had maybe a bit of an omen. The broccoli we are growing has come up really purple and that’s my lucky darting colour. I had a purple mohican when I won the World final!
“There’s never a dull moment in the Wright household but now I have to knuckle down and try and push up the table for a top four place.”
HOUNDS OF LOVE…Wright’s three new puppies give him more Prem bite.
Wright is in seventh spot when play resumes yet just one point off James Wade in fourth in an incredibly tight table.
But the Scot is determined to up his game after admitting to feeling flat without fans and now excited for their return on May 24.
He added: “I need that nervous energy back, the adrenaline I miss so much. The fans make darts really and so many of the players miss that.
“It’s hard to think now that we were playing in front of 10,000 in so many places and you couldn’t hear yourself think.
“I know it will take time to get back to that size of crowds. But I just can’t wait. It was great to see a full house at the snooker, I was jealous.
“Part of my game has always been a showman. That walk-on, the dance, everything just gets my blood pumping. I think showmanship has always been a big thing for the sport. Look at Eric Bristow and Bobby George, they started it all really and I’m just carrying it on with a lot more wacky colours.”
There were fears that Wright might need to go without his headpaint created by talented wife Jo with her due for another back op, but it’s been delayed again.
He added: “I feel for Jo so much. It’s been going on for 18 months now. Now the operation can’t happen until they try and fix the pain with an injection. But she’s on a four month waiting list. Hopefully it will be sorted soon.”
Images by Taylor Lanning.