BDO rule changes could give Glen Durrant some 'serious, serious thinking' to do

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BDO rule changes could give Glen Durrant some 'serious, serious thinking' to do

Glen Durrant admits the BDO's groundbreaking rule changes which include allowing players to go to PDC qualifying school without facing punishment could give him some "serious, serious thinking" to do in the future.

The BDO board, led by new chairman Derek Jacklin, last month announced the radical changes.

As well as passing a resolution to remove historic restrictions placed on PDC players meaning Tour Card holders can now play in BDO events, a statement revealed BDO players will now "no longer face any penalties relating to entry and participation at the PDC Q-School".

Previously, players who reached the semi-finals of the World Championships at Lakeside were contractually obliged to stay with the BDO or hand over their winnings.

That ruling has affected Teesside's double Lakeside king Durrant, who, after winning the crown in the last two years, would have had to hand over his significant winning prize had he wanted to try his hand at securing a spot on the prestigious PDC circuit.

Now, according to the new rulings, Durrant will be eligible for PDC Q-School even if he defends his BDO world title at Lakeside in January.

The 47-year-old Teessider is reluctant to read too much into the statement until he receives assurances from the BDO's new chairman and sees an updated contract.

However, Durrant admits the rule changes could leave him with another decision to make less than a year after he committed his future to the BDO. That decision was a weight off Duzza's shoulders after fielding so many questions about whether or not he was going to try his hand at the PDC.

Those questions could now crop up again, though for Durrant the decision comes down to more than just darts.

"First things first, I won't rush to make any decision," he says.

"Nowhere in the press release does it say that you can go to Q-School and you'd still be welcome back to the BDO. So I'm a little bit confused.

"I said last year that my mind was made up, and it was.

"But this will give a lot of players food for thought.

"If the only thing to weigh-up was the darts then I would definitely go to Q-School. If I was 28 I'd have no excuses, but I need to consider every aspect.

"I don't do a lot of the BDO circuit. People say to me that a lot of the PDC events are in Barnsley and Wigan but there are a lot of European events as well and I'd be starting out right at the bottom.

"I read social media with people saying to me about being a big fish in a small pond. It's not about that, it's about thinking about my lifestyle, my job, my family and weighing everything up.

"If it was the case that you could go to Q-School without any sanctions at all then I would go and if I got in I would have some serious, serious thinking to do."

Another Lakeside world champion Scott Waites told LiveDarts that he believes 90% of the BDO's top players will now go to Q-School, while Scott Mitchell, another previous winner on the Frimley Green stage, also hinted that he'd give it a crack.

PDC chief Barry Hearn has welcomed the move.

Under the new rules, PDC Tour Card holders will also be permitted to enter BDO events, however PDPA laws don't allow PDC players to play in any non-sanctioned streamed or televised events outside of the governing body's system.

BDO female players will now also be able to enter the PDC World Championship qualifying events.

Article By Dominic Shaw