Phil Taylor says 2017 could be last year of his career
By Paul Vinnell
Last Updated: 05/01/17 2:08pm
Phil Taylor admits 2017 could be the last year of his extraordinary darts career.
The 16-time world champion needed a wildcard to make the cut for the Premier League, which starts next month, live on Sky Sports, after finishing outside the top four in the PDC's prize money order of merit.
'The Power', who was beaten by Raymond van Barneveld in the quarter-finals of the World Championships at Alexandra Palace, has won just won major televised title in the last two years.
Taylor will play on in 2017, but admits he cannot be sure whether he will keep going in 2018.
"It's my last year so I don't want to put myself under too much pressure," he told Sky Sports News HQ.
"I don't worry about it now. I go up there nice and relaxed. If I win, I win. If I don't it's not the end of the world anymore.
"Competitive-wise, I think whatever I earn this year then that will go towards my ranking and if that qualifies me for the year after, 2018, then I'll play. If not then I'll bow out."
Taylor said he could still play in the Premier League in 2018 if an invite from PDC chairman Barry Hearn remains on the table.
"In 2018 I'll still do the Premier League if I'm invited," he said. "It's an invitational and if Barry [Hearn] said 'if you want to do it, then you can do it'."
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