DARYL GURNEY admits it’s “awesome” that top betting data firm TXODDS are backing him to be World Champion.

The Northern Irishman has shown great form during 2019 including reaching Premier League finals night at the O2.

But now Superchin vows he can add to his World Grand Prix and Players Championship majors over the coming months – and TXODDS believe he’ll do just that.

He said: “I’m playing well and giving myself good opportunities so to make it to another final shows I am still competing at the highest level.

“There are a lot of big events coming up in the rest of the year and I hope to be lifting at least one of the big ones.”

“It’s been an up and down year for me so far. But I do feel I’m in good form. I reached the finals night of the Premier League and that was an improvement. I just know I have a decent run in me.

“I’m still gutted I blew such a big lead in the semi-final of the Matchplay against Rob Cross. I won’t make that mistake next time. But it proves that I can deliver good form.

“It’s awesome to get backing from such a big firm like TXodds. They believe in my ability and that helps me a great deal.”

Einar Knobel from TXODDS has just signed up to back Gurney for another three years in one of the top player deals on the oche.

TXODDS will also be supporting Harry Ward, Jamie Hughes and Stephen Burton as they step up their involvement in the sport.

Knobel admitted: “I’d definitely put money on Daryl to become World Champion. Despite his high world ranking, he seems to be underrated.

“But he certainly shows consistency of making semis and finals and I’d like to think he will go all the way to becoming World Champion.

“We are delighted to be on board with Matthew Ward at MDA Promotions. We must give him credit for discovering great players.

“It’s a great mix we are backing. Harry has so much potential for a player so young while Jamie has shown such great form. I’m sure he will hit the big time and Stephen. It’s a really exciting team of players and characters. We are very happy to be part of their individual success stories.”

By Phil Lanning