Anderson banishes talk of retirement by signing new long-term deal with Unicorn!

Darting superstar Gary Anderson has dismissed talk of retirement and pledged to win another World Championship.

Over the last year, there has been speculation that the 50-year-old Scot was ready to walk away from the sport which has seen him become one of the greatest players of all time.

But Anderson has banished those rumours by signing a new long-term contract with top darts manufacturer Unicorn, with a promise to be crowned king at the Alexandra Palace for a third time.

“I will win another for sure! I have that hunger and desire back and despite everything, I still love playing this game. I’m old school and just want to play darts the way it should be played and I want to prove a point to all the doubters but more importantly to myself.” he said.

Anderson lost to new World No.1 Gerwyn Price in the final of the 2021 World Championship. That was his third defeat in an Alexandra Palace final. His two brilliant triumphs came in 2015 and 2016 when he beat Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis.

“The last year has been tough for everyone but it is time for me to take up the challenge with Unicorn in my corner. They have stood by me for over a decade and it is the perfect partnership all round.”

“I really savour the combat on the big stages in the big tournaments. In the last few months I managed to get to the two biggest finals at the World Matchplay and World Championship without playing well. I truly believe if I can get to anywhere near my best, I will be a major threat,” he said.

The new deal will take Anderson’s association with Unicorn to 15 years, much to the delight of Managing Director Edward Lowy “Gary is an absolute legend of the game, a status that many aspire to but few achieve. We have been delighted to be companions on Gary's darting journey around the World and thrilled to be helping put more fuel in the tank for many years to come.”

And the multi Major champion believes the sport has never been so competitive.

“There isn’t just one dominating. We all know how good Michael van Gerwen is but nobody is scared of him anymore. Price is a deserved World Champion. Peter Wright will still be challenging. Jose de Sousa has already proved how good he is and I’m a big fan of Nathan Aspinall, while Joe Cullen and Devon Petersen are now in the mix.”

A fit and firing Gary Anderson will be high on that list.

Anderson’s new Phase 5 Code darts will be available from Unicorn later in 2021.