Corey Cadby has proclaimed “the King is back” after clinching his return to the PDC circuit with an impressive showing at Q-School.
The Australian, once dubbed 'a future world champion' by fans, is on cloud nine after putting a difficult few years behind him by winning day two of the Final Stage of Q-School in Germany.
It is three years since the 27-year-old, who memorably defeated Phil Taylor in the World Series in 2016, graced darts' top tier. During that time, he suffered a number of personal problems, including a divorce and a battle with alcohol and depression. Aged 24, he was also wanted by police in Australia after failing to attend a court date over an alleged driving offence.
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However, Cadby has pieced his life back together and cannot wait to mix it with the greats of darts again on the PDC Tour.
“The King is back,” he declared. “It still hasn’t sunk in, but I’ve played some good darts over the last week.
“I’m so happy. 13 is my favourite number, I won my Tour Card back on Friday 13th, on board 13. It’s an omen. I love it.”
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He added: “I’ve always believed that I’ve had the darts to compete. I’ve had three years away, it’s been a long time off, but I’m back now and I’m looking forward to what the world has to offer.
“I’ve been there. I’ve made mistakes, I’ve done the wrong things, but I’ve also done the right things and this time I can put it right, so I’m looking forward to it.”
Cadby suffered an early exit on the opening day of the Final Stage last Thursday, succumbing to a superb performance from German star Max Hopp, who averaged 99 to complete a 6-2 success.
However, the Australian reaffirmed his credentials on Day Two, posting ton-plus averages in emphatic wins over Steven Morrison and Poland’s Sebastian Bialecki.
He also overcame Lukas Wenig, Kevin Blomme and Chris Landman, before recovering from 4-3 down to deny German newcomer Pascal Rupprecht, who also claimed a Tour Card via the European Q School Order of Merit.
Cadby then stormed to victory over Karel Sedlacek in Friday’s showpiece, winning six of the last seven legs to triumph with a 101 average, with five of his legs won in either 13 or 14 darts.
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