DARYL GURNEY admits that missing out of the Premier League will give him “extra hunger” to fight back to the top.

The Northern Irishman will not be in the 16-week tournament for the first time since 2017 following his second round exit in the Ladbrokes Masters.

But Gurney, 34, has shown huge signs of a return to the form that won him the World Grand Prix and Players Championship in 2017 and 2018.

Now he believes he can kick on and find his A game again. He said: “It’s my own fault, the writing was on the wall. It wasn’t about the Ladbrokes Masters at all, I just hadn’t done enough for a couple of years.

“Missing out on the Premier League will give me extra hunger. Sport is all about how you react to defeat and victory.

“That’s disappointing none more so than for myself trust me. But I believe I can fix that and I’m on the road to doing that.

“There’s a certain amount of being in the right place at the right time in sport and definitely darts. Sometimes the luck swings for you. I don’t feel it has for a while for me. But that’s life.

“The Grand Prix went my way in 2017 and I felt I played great in the Players Championship to beat Michael Van Gerwen in the final.

“I’ve reached the semis of the Matchplay, Premier League, Euros and UK Open since but not managed to get over the line.

“Perhaps the biggest frustration is that I felt I was playing better at the start of 2020 when i reached the UK Open semis. I then went completely off the boil again.

“The Worlds went down to a last leg decider with Gerwyn Price and I missed a chance and he took it. That’s the difference, that’s how fine the lines are these days.”

Superchin has just signed a new three year deal with management MDA Promotions, and will now focus his attention on the Super Series events later this month and March in Bolton and Milton Keynes.

He added: “That’s all I can do now. It’s important to get your game right on the floor and then take it to the stage, rebuild. I feel I am playing really well. If I keep working hard the results will come.

“I’ve got everything right as far as my set-up. I’ve been with Matthew Ward and MDA since I got my Tour Card and it’s been a successful time. I know that will continue to happen.”

By Phil Lanning | Picture, Christopher Dean/PDC