Peter Wright will flourish in Premier League, says Rod Harrington
Rod Harrington reckons Peter Wright will light up the Premier League when he makes his debut in 2014.
Last Updated: 02/01/14 3:15pm
That's the view of Sky Sports pundit Rod Harrington after the 43-year-old was named as one of the 10 players that will be competing in this spring's weekly Sky Live tournament.
Wright will join defending Premier League champion - and the man that beat him in a thrilling clash at Alexandra Palace - Michael van Gerwen, plus Phil Taylor, Simon Whitlock, and Adrian Lewis in the line-up.
Raymond van Barneveld, Gary Anderson, Dave Chisnall, Robert Thornton and Wes Newton complete the cast - but Harrington expects Wright to delight and capture the imagination of casual darts supporters.
"The Premier League is a show so you get a lot of people coming who are not darts fanatics and they are going to love Peter's clothes and hair," said Harrington.
"But he has the bottle to do well; too many players think: 'I can't win from here' and give up, but he doesn't do that."
The 2014 Premier League commences on Thursday, February 6 at Liverpool's Echo Arena with a match between tungsten titans Van Gerwen and Taylor.
And Sky Sports' Wayne Mardle - a former Premier League star - thinks the elite 10 must embrace performing in front of vociferous crowds every week.
"No matter who's in the Premier League it's fun, because it's kind of a glorified exhibition," said Mardle.
"Players need to enjoy it and see it as a showcase of them and the sport and not think it's a chore going up and down the country, like some players have in the past."
2014 Premier League schedule
Thu, Feb 6: Echo Arena, Liverpool
Thu, Feb 13: BIC, Bournemouth
Thu, Feb 20: Odyssey Arena, Belfast
Thu, Feb 27: SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Thu, Mar 6: Westpoint Arena, Exeter
Thu, Mar 13: Capital FM Arena, Nottingham
Thu, Mar 20: First Direct Arena, Leeds
Thu, Mar 27: The 02, Dublin
Thu, Apr, 3: Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Thu, Apr, 10: Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield
Thu, Apr 17: GE Oil & Gas Arena, Aberdeen
Thu, Apr 24: Phones 4u Arena, Manchester
Thu, May 1: NIA, Birmingham
Thu, May 8: Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
Thu, May 15: The Brighton Centre
Thu, May 22 (play-offs): The O2, London