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5 BDO Players we’d love to see in the PDC

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Whilst we are well aware that their are still two organisations in the exciting world of darts, at the moment there seems to be contrasting fortunes for each organisation.

The PDC continue to go from strength to strength with players now having the opportunity to play on the main tour as well as the development tour and the youth tour,  all with excellent rewards for the players. The youth are now flocking to play in the PDC with many now preferring the format and competition that is on offer.

The BDO continue to struggle at the top end, though they still have some way to go before they lose the grassroots element of the sport with thousands continuing to play the working man’s game. That being said, at the top end their are players that are moving across the divide each year and the quality on offer is beginning to diminish. The lack of TV coverage is alarming and more and more are seeing the PDC as the future.

Here at The Sports Lowdown, we take a look at five players that we’d love to see in the bright lights of the PDC and though this is a pro-PDC article, don’t worry as next wee we will be looking at five PDC players who would benefit from a move back into the BDO.

1. Tony O’Shea – ‘Silverback’ – Age 54

The Stockport born darter has been a stalwart in the BDO over the past 14 years but has fallen short of winning a major, finishing as a runner-up on no less than seven occasions. That has not diminished his popularity however and he still remains one of the most sought after exhibition darts players in the world.

There has been numerous times when a move across to the BDO has been rumoured including last season and the promised lure of more TV events. However he has remained loyal and not crossed the divide, but has played in the Grand Slam of Darts, a cross-code event, where his popularity has increased further.

After experiencing the PDC ran Grand Slam of Darts, there are many scratching their heads at why he has yet to give the PDC a go but at the age of 54, time is running out for Silverback to be a credible force with the increasing number of youth darters now making their way in the game.

His walk-on music has been a big help to his popularity but nothing compared to the jovial manner he has always been accustomed too which makes him a firm favourite still in the game. With the thawing of hostilities between the two organisations and the lack of TV time, this January could finally see the point when O’Shea gives the PDC a go.

BDO Daryl Fitton Glen Durrant pdc Scott Michell Scott Waites Tony O'Shea

About Andy Moore

Andy is Chief Editor of The Sports Lowdown and a sports journalist by profession having written for both print publications such as The Sun, The Rugby Paper as well as various online digital sites such as The Aviva Premiership, The Women's Super League plus many many more.

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