COOL Karel Sedlacek admits he wants to live up to his nickname ‘Evil Charlie’ and go all the way to the top of the oche.
The Czech Republic ace believes he is ready to make the next step up in the sport after joining Daryl Gurney’s stable at MDA Promotions.
Sedlacek, 40, has played in the last three World Cups, including hitting the equal highest checkout of 160 in Hamburg earlier this year.
He said: “I think this is a big moment for my career. I think I can become much better. I want to get a PDC Tour Card because I missed by just one point earlier this year.
“I believe that being part of a proper management will help me achieve that, it’s a crucial part of my darts development.
“It is almost important to me to qualify for the World Championship and do well. One of my greatest experiences was playing at the Alexandra Palace and I would like to do that a lot more.
“I was disappointed with my match because I lost 3-0 to Keegan Brown but it was good for me to experience playing at that level. I will learn a lot from that for the future.”
The Czechs have suffered opening round defeats in the last three World Cups with Sedlacek having endured a hat-trick of tough draws against Netherlands, England and Poland.
But he’s had significant wins over Diogo Portela, Ian White and Darren Webster in the German Darts Grand Prix – losing out to Max Hopp in the quarters. He also beat Brendan Dolan in the Czech Open earlier this year.
He added: “Darts in the Czech Republic is getting bigger all the time, it is experiencing a boom I think.
“Of course I was very happy to hit the equal highest checkout in the World Cup this year but I was very sorry about the overall result. I expected us to beat Poland.
“But I have big ambitions to improve and I will. It would be a dream to get a Premier League night in Czech Republic and even more a dream for me to be a Contender on the night!”
Now he wants to become ‘Evil Charlie’ on a more regular basis on the big stage. He added: “That happened by accident. One night I won three legs on the trot and screamed: ‘I am Evil Charlie!’ and it has stayed with me forever.”
By Phil Lanning