World champion Smith ‘gutted’ as ‘best mate’ is snubbed for Premier League darts

World champion Smith ‘gutted’ as ‘best mate’ is snubbed for Premier League darts

January 31, 2023

Joe Cullen has received a message of support from world champion Michael Smith following his Premier League snub.

Cullen, who missed a dart against Michael van Gerwen to win the 2022 tournament, was among the high-profile omissions as the PDC finally unveiled the eight players who will be taking part in this year’s darting roadshow.

Jonny Clayton, Dimitri Van den Bergh, Nathan Aspinall and recently-crowned Masters champion Chris Dobey have joined the world’s top four of Smith, Van Gerwen, Peter Wright and Gerwyn Price in the line-up.

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Controversially, world number five Luke Humphries, as well as the likes of Cullen, Ross Smith, Danny Noppert and Dirk van Duijvenbode, have missed out.

Cullen has not hidden his disappointment, tweeting: “Gutted with my omission from the Premier League! Don't feel it's justified at all if I'm honest…. In fact it's a kick in the balls! But I’m certainly not the only player who rightly feels hard done by! Felt I deserved another chance after been 1mm from winning – been a tough day!!”

And he has received high-level support with pal Smith, who beat Cullen on the way to glory at Alexandra Palace over Christmas. Bully Boy replied to the message, saying: “Gutted for you mate. Wanted my best mate with me.”

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Smith’s message went down well with fans, with one replying: “100% here for this bromance!” Another said: “PDC got it totally wrong this year.”

A third fan fumed: “Don't understand it myself, just a farce the whole thing.” Another urged Smith: “Win it for him Michael.”

On a similar theme, one fan commented: “My money is on you Bully boy. Step up. No pressure.”


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