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Andy Jenkins eyes World Championship return

Andy Jenkins
Jenkins will miss his first World Championships since 1994

Hampshire darts player Andy Jenkins insists he will be back on the World Championship stage next year.

The 39-year-old from Portsmouth will miss his first Worlds in 17 years, after failing to qualify for the PDC event at Alexandra Palace this month.

Jenkins only returned to the circuit in May, after serving a four-month ban for an altercation with another player.

He told BBC Radio Solent: "I will definitely be back next year. I had too much to do this time around."

He added: "I will watch a few of the matches at the Worlds, but I'm just looking forward to enjoying my Christmas. When I saw the draw on TV it did hit home that I wasn't going to be there."

Jenkins is currently ranked 40th in the PDC's Order of Merit, and lost out in the qualifying tournament for the World Championship.

He reached the World Championship semi-finals in 2007, losing to Raymond van Barneveld. That helped him to a career-high world ranking of number six.

The money is tremendous. I never ever thought that the sport would evolve in the way it has, but it's fantastic to be involved in

Andy Jenkins

Jenkins admitted his involvement in a fracas with namesake Terry Jenkins in late 2009, and he accepts that he has learnt his lesson.

"I did do wrong, and I know that," he said. "I felt I was dealt with a bit too harshly though. They used me as a scapegoat and took away my livelihood."

After being handed his four-month ban in January 2010, Jenkins continued to play on the pub circuits, before making his comeback into the pro ranks.

"I had to ask myself if I could do it when I came back. It is definitely getting harder, but I've shown that I can do it," he said.

"The money is tremendous. I never ever thought that the sport would evolve in the way it has, but it's fantastic to be involved in.

"I'm playing well enough to make good progress up through the rankings. The way that the PDC order of merit is set up these days makes it easier for people like me to make a rapid rise.

"I will definitely be in the World Championships next year, 100%."



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