Dennis Priestley

We spoke to Dennis in September 2006 to ask him about his Premier League chances amongst other things.

You’re still going strong Dennis and right in the mix for those precious Premier League places. Are you confident of making it?

If I can perform in the run up to and during the Grand Prix then I am confident I can secure a place in the Premier League. Competition is tight and there are a lot of good players competing for the places. Hopefully my experience can take its toll and aid me to qualify for the Premier League come the end of the Grand Prix.

You’ve said you have a renewed hunger and focus on your game and want to make some more waves before you decide to retire. Tell us a little about your routine these days and how it is benefiting you.

Not much has really changed to be honest. The emergence of more competitions is a massive bonus. You cannot beat match practise. It also helps that I have been travelling to competitions with some local players and friends. They are trying to make their mark on the darts scene and with their willingness to attend competitions and practise, it has rubbed off on me.

You put in some good performances in Blackpool before succumbing to you know who. You must take great encouragement from the week and be confident for the rest of the season?

My game is starting to fall into place and I am starting to get back to somewhere near the level that I can perform at. Good performances always help confidence and I hope to build on that in the future.

We’re building towards the next ‘major’ – the Grand Prix in Ireland. Looking forward to it?

Yes immensely. I had a good run last year reaching the Semi Finals and I am confident that if I play to my ability I can have a successful competition once again.

Have you had a holiday this summer?

Is the Pope a Catholic? Everyone will know I like my holidays, I have just got back from Protaras, Cyprus where I have spent 2 weeks with some family. Now it is time to buckle down and practise ready for the new season of darts.

And finally, how are Barnsley going to do this season?

From what I have seen so far this season and what I have heard from my son, Adam, we are playing some good football. If we can continue to score goals like we are doing and creating chances we have a good chance of achieving what we set out to at the start of the campaign, survival. The defence just needs to get back to the routine of last season and we could surprise a few people.

But the main thing is consolidating our place in the Championship, 21st will do!