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Darts ace Brendan Dolan: "I never busted a gut, but now I want to see how far I can go"

Brendan Dolan reveals all new attitude as he bids to return to the top of the darting world

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On mission: Brendan Dolan is hungry to show his class

On mission: Brendan Dolan is hungry to show his class

LAWRENCE LUSTIG

On mission: Brendan Dolan is hungry to show his class

Brendan Dolan is convinced his time spent in pandemic lockdown at his Belcoo home in Co Fermanagh can act as a launching pad back to the top of the darts world - along with a little help from basketball legend Michael Jordan.

Dolan, who takes on arrows superstar and top seed Michael van Gerwen when big-time darts returns to television tonight with the World Matchplay from Milton Keynes, spent his spare time constructing a practice room in his home and is sure the new set-up can help him get back among the world's elite, having once been a top-10 hit.

"I can be a special player if I put in the work. Most of the top players have their own practice room but it's something I've never had and I'm convinced it will make all the difference," said the man known as the History Maker, for throwing the first ever televised double-in nine darter en route to the final of the 2011 World Grand Prix in Dublin where he was edged out by the great Phil Taylor, the World Matchplay trophy named in honour of the 16-time world champion.