Joe Cullen

It is going to be a big few years ahead in the career of Joe Cullen.

And the Team Unicorn 'Maestro' is ready to take his career to the next level....and that means cementing a place in the world's top 20 and challenging in all the TV 'Majors'.

There is no doubt that he has the talent and he has pulled off some stunning wins over his short career, but it is all about consistency and doing it on a regular basis as he chases the big win that will catapult his career to that next stage.

The young Yorkshireman has beaten all the big names in the sport and those big scalps have helped him to compete in four consecutive Ladbrokes World Championships at the Alexandra Palace.

"I know the pressure is on and I know it is time that I started turning some of my performances into tournament wins," Cullen admitted.

"It has been frustrating because I know that I have the game. If it all comes together on the day, I can beat anyone and I have proved that since I started on the tour. It is up to me and I believe I will succeed. If I didn't believe, then what is the point?! I am confident that I can carry things to the next level."

Cullen's frustration is magnified by reaching those four World Championships but falling at the first hurdle on every occasion.

On his debut in 2011, he was unlucky to lose by three sets to two against fellow Team Unicorn star Terry Jenkins.....12 months later, he was beaten by Jenkins again. In 2013 Cullen lost to John Part in the 1st Round and at the 2014 World Championship, there was defeat to tournament runner-up Peter Wright.

But he has the game, he has the desire and he has the natural ability. There is no doubt that the good times are just around the corner.

In 2013, Cullen reached the quarter-finals of four events on the PDC Pro Tour, including one of the prestigious European Tour events.....the Austrian Open where he reached the last eight for a second consecutive year.

The man they call 'Rockstar' also won through to the final of the Irish Masters in 2013. Unfortunately it wasn't a ranking event and he was beaten in the final by Darren Webster, but it was yet another example of Cullen's darting talents.

Phil Taylor, Michael van Gerwen, Adrian Lewis, Raymond van Barneveld, Gary Anderson.....the list goes on and on - top players that Cullen has beaten.

In 2012, there was a debut at the World Matchplay, where he lost in the 1st Round to Justin Pipe, and a run to the last 16 of the UK Open, but it should have been so much better at the Reebok. Cullen was 4-0 and 5-1 up against Jamie Caven and ended up losing 8-9. It was one of the most disappointing defeats of his career.

It all started for young Joe by accident.....he got into the sport at the top level back in 2008, he walked into his local 'The Halfway House' in Bradford and there was a darts tournament going on. He was persuaded to enter by his mates and won! It turned out to be a UK Open qualifier......Cullen then won the regional event and earned himself a spot in the televised finals where he won three games on the Reebok stage.

Unicorn recognised the talent and the rest is history!

Cullen gave up his job as a postman in 2009 to concentrate fully on the darts and a crack at the professional game.

It is coming together for him....and the rewards are there.

Joe married childhood sweetheart Toni at the end of 2013. They have two children Travis and Lucy. He follows Manchester United and Wigan Rugby League club and is great friends with fellow Team Unicorn contender Devon Petersen.

A little known fact about Joe Cullen.....he is one of the best impersonators of other darts players!

But it is on the oche where he aims to make a big impression.....a regular in all the big TV tournaments is very much an achievable goal.

There is no doubt 'Rockstar' is a darts star! Now is the time to prove it.

Nickname:   Rockstar
Date of birth:   13th July 1989
Place of birth:   Bradford
Height:   6ft 2ins
Hometown:   Huddersfield
Family:   Married - Father of 2
Occupation before darts:   Postman
Hobbies:   Football, snooker, golf, sport in general. Man Utd and Wigan Warriors
Sponsors:   Unicorn Darts, Precision Sports Management
Darts used:   Unicorn Joe Cullen Maestro 21gms
Best darts moment to date:   Beating Phil Taylor in Killarney. Appearing in World Championships
Practice Partner:   Devon Petersen
Favourite double (on dartboard):   D10
Favourite food:   Italian
Favourite drink:   Budweiser
Favourite holiday destination:   Las Vegas
Favourite music:   Indie, Oasis, Beady Eye, Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon
Walk on music:   Town Called Malice by The Jam
Favourite movie:   Snatch
Favourite PDC event:   World Championships
Favourite TV Programme:   Men Behaving Badly , Ofah , 2 Pints , Bottom , Iinbetweeners
Favourite football team:   Man Utd
Sporting Heroes:   Sir Alex Ferguson, Roy Keane, Ronnie O'Sullivan, Roger Federer
PDC World Championship   Last 32   2017
World Matchplay   Quarter Final   2018
World Grand Prix   Last 16   2017
UK Open   Quarter Final   2016
European Championship   Last 16   2016
Players Championship Finals   Last 16   2016
PDC Development Tour Austria   Winner   2011
PDC Development Tour Holland   Winner   2011
PDC Development Tour Ireland   Winner   2011
PDPA Players Championship Barnsley   Winner   2017 (x2)