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Bull looks to be a TV star
12:12pm Monday 23rd July 2012 in Sport
TERRY Jenkins headed to one of his most successful stamping grounds on Saturday hoping to finally fulfil a career-long goal.
The Ledbury ace, who turns 49 in September, may have enjoyed an impressive career in the darts hierarchy but he is still to win a televised tournament.
Jenkins, now ranked 10th in the world in the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) Order of Merit, has, however, reached the World Matchplay final twice.
The Bull heads to the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, again tomorrow for his firstround opener in the Betfairsponsored event against Belgium’s Kim ‘The Hurricane’ Huybrechts (8pm).
Major silverware has eluded Jenkins with Phil Taylor denying him four times at the last stage, James Wade twice and Raymond van Barneveld once.
No other player has lost as many big finals as Jenkins, who fell in Blackpool to Wade in 2007 and then Taylor two years later.
This year’s PDC Ladbrokes World Championship quarter- finalist admitted: “I would like to win a television tournament but there are brilliant players out there.”
With more youngsters coming through in the evergrowing sport, the Ledbury thrower intends to cut down on his game-time later next year. He confessed: “There comes a time when you have to ask yourself, ‘How long can I keep doing this?’ “If I keep on going and going, I’ll end up dead with a dart in my hand.
“I’ll keep going for another 12 months but after that I shall wind down.
“I won’t go into the Players’ Championships but I’ll still participate in television tournaments and exhibitions.
But that’s it.
“People don’t realise the amount of time and travelling that goes on and it does your head in.
“I’ve been doing it for nearly 11 years and I don’t have any time for holidays. You have to get your priorities right.”