• Darts Premier League

Wade 'devastated' by omission

ESPN staff
January 2, 2014
Wade © Getty Images

James Wade has been quick to dispel rumours that his mental health problems are behind his omission from the 2014 Premier League line-up, saying the "devastating" decision has left him "bitterly disappointed".

PDC chairman Barry Hearn confirmed the roster for the new season following the conclusion of the World Championship at Alexandra Palace.

Peter Wright, who lost to Michael van Gerwen in the final, and Dave Chisnall will both make their Premier League debuts.

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Michael van Gerwen beat Peter Wright 7-4 in the PDC World Championship final © PA Photos

But it was the Wade's oversight that provided the biggest shock and, in a statement released on his website, he said: "I am obviously bitterly disappointed not be included in the Premier League Darts line-up for the first time in seven years.

"The news is devastating, particularly as I feel I was one of the four most consistent players in 2013, reaching the semi-finals in many televised tournaments, including the Premier League play-offs."

Wade was also keen to clear up the mounting speculation as to why he was left out.

He added: "Since Hearn broke the news, there has been a large amount of speculation across media and social media platforms regarding the reasons of my omission. I would like to take this opportunity to clear up some confusion and confirm that I did not ask to be left out of the 2014 Premier League, nor did I decline an invitation as a lot of people are asking myself and my family.

"Further to this, I feel it is important to add that no medical professional has suggested I take a break either. My mental health issues have been well documented but my condition is manageable and I have all the right support systems around me.

"I have no choice now but to accept the decision made by the PDC and work to make sure I am not in this position again.

"I have been working harder than ever on my game recently and this has come as a major blow but will strive to climb back into the top four as soon as possible, where recent history suggests I belong.

"Finally, I would like to thank my fans, family and my sponsors for their continued support both in the past and in the last 24 hours and I look forward to competing on TV again in the UK Open in March and all other televised PDC major events this year."

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