Gerwyn Price: ‘I was painted as the pantomime villain of darts’

The voluble Welshman is among the world championship favourites but divides the darts fanbaseGerwyn Price is calm now. On a grey Thursday in the Welsh valleys, he is thoughtful and reflective as he ponders his unlikely journey to the top of a sport he barely played until adulthood. Six years ago, he was a professional rugby player for Neath, throwing a few arrows in his spare evenings. This week, however, he will step out at Alexandra Palace in London as the coming force of darts: the two-time Grand Slam champion, the provisional world No 2 and one of the most electrifying and controversial characters in the sport.How it all happened is the question everyone wants to ask. He does not quite know the answer, but what he does know is that when he pulls that shiny shirt over his tightly coiled frame, it may as well be a superhero’s cape, awakening something in him. The adrenalin begins to course. He is prone to bellow in opponents’ faces at full volume. And he starts playing devastating darts. In a game dominated by psyche, Price has created a feared character with no apparent ceiling. Continue reading…