Wade close to his best after Manchester glory...

JAMES WADE feels he is on the cusp of big things after delivering a first Premier League night win of the season. 

The Machine KO’d Joe Cullen 6-5 with a 105 average to win the final in front of a record 12,000 crowd in Manchester on Thursday night.

But Wade, 39, believes he is close to even better form after reaching his fourth final of the campaign. 

He said: “I've done it at last - I'm super happy!

“I feel like my form is close to ‘here I am’. It’s there but it’s not there. 

“I’m a little bit negative at the moment. I don’t know why but I am. It happens with everyone with things they do at times. 

“I’m being a little bit cruel to myself. But I’m still in it, I’m not a million miles away, it’s going OK so far.”

Wade beat Gary Anderson and Gerwyn Price 6-2 in the quarters and semis before his last leg decider win over Cullen.

He added:  “You're playing against, in my opinion, the eight best players in the world every week, and it's hard work. If you hit a 60 at the wrong time, you get bashed.

“I nearly gave it away on two occasions there but I was fortunate enough and I prevailed. I think I was the better player so it was all good.

“I'm trying as hard as anyone, probably harder than most people, and I believe I'm one of the best. I'm here for a reason.

“I'm enjoying myself, playing good darts at times. I'm playing against the best eight players in the world, which is an honour for me.

“I feel I'm mixing with them and I'm glad to be here. I'm so nervous up there but at times I'm close to my best game.”

Image by Taylor Lanning.