Today we are joined by Dean Reynolds, the Welshman has had a superb last 12 months or so qualifying for Lakeside last January after he put up a terrific battle with the world number one Glen Durrant, he has done to the BDO tour for over the last year consistently reaching the latter end of of most tournaments he competes in.
Earlier this year Reynolds reached the semi finals of the World Darts Trophy which on the way he knocked out Martin Adams 7-5 and then defeated another top seed in Danny Noppert 8-5 and he narrowly defeated by Peter Machin 11-9 in the semi final.
Reynolds won the French Open in 2015, his first title in the BDO.
The 23 year old broke records last weekend in Wigan at the PDC Development tour as he sensationally won three out of four events including winning both events 15 and 16 on the same day, the first time in which a player has won both events on the same day.
Reynolds was brought up on darts from an early age as his parents Tim and Pauline have owned a cardiff pub for the last 13 years in which Dean played for the pub team from the age of 13, Dean also played football for Cardiff City until he was 16 and also played rugby at a decent level for Whitchurch, but darts is his main forte, Dean has always been brought up in the pub environment and he has always been around darts.
The 23-year-old played for the Glamorgan youth team at 11, Wales youth at 17 and then the full Glamorgan county team after that.
Sensationally Dean hit a nine dart leg against the world numer one Glen Durrant at the England Masters in Selsey on friday evening.
In addition to hitting the nine darter on friday, Dean won the English Classic in Selsey which included a fantastic 5-4 win over Jamie Hughes in the semi final in the deciding leg Hughes was sat on 48 and Reynolds took out a huge 160 outshot to set up a final with Scott Baker, in which Dean won 6-3.
Thanks for joining us Dean, first of all how are you feeling after that phenomenal weekend in Wigan surely your confidence must be through the roof ?
” Yes it is, the youth tour is so difficult with four competitions a weekend and with the standard being so high, I always believe I can win an event but I did not expect to win three”
After last weekend’s success and going into the last four events of the Development Tour its looking very likely that you are going to earn a PDC tour card how are your feelings towards that ?
” I’ve not really thought about it to much, as I try not to look past the next competition”
You won the English Classic this weekend on the back of your huge success last weekend, how are you feeling after playing so well and becoming so successful ?
” I’m feeling great, really pleased with my game at the moment, and I will try my best to continue this form for the rest of the year”
You hit a NINE darter on Friday vs Glen Durrant in a tight game, how much confidence did that give you going into the weekend’s events ?
” It gave me a lot of confidence not just the 9 darter but the way I played in that match as it was a great game”
You have been brought up around pubs all your life, have you always played darts in the pub ?
“Yes it only started as a hobby, playing against the locals, friends and family in my Mum and Dad’s pubs. I think its the best place to learn the game”
You played other sports football for Cardiff City and Rugby at a high level too, what made you take darts
” Getting dropped from Cardiff, and with darts you don’t get the injuries like you do in Rugby. Seriously I just remember the buzz i got from winning my first competition and the thrill of doing it on your own”
You reached the Semi Finals of the World Darts Trophy not so long ago including beating two top players in Danny Noppert and of course Martin Adams, how were you feeling after that tournament ?
” A bit of a mixture really, looking back now reaching the semi finals was a great achievement and I took a lot of positives from the World Trophy, at the time I felt disappointment as I was playing well and being so close to the final was hard to take, but fair play to Peter he played brilliant”
Your parents are very supportive in your darts career do you come from a darting family ?
” All my family love darts whether it’s watching or having a game but no one really took it seriously. It was my Brother In Law who I spent hours practicing with and teaching me the game”
How often do you practise on average ?
” I aim to play competitive leagues twice a week, and try to put in 2 hours a day during the week after work”
Who are your best friends in darts ?
“My girlfriend Lauren as she travels to all the events with me.
All the Welsh boys who I played youth with. Nick Kenny, Kurt Parry, Rhys Griffin.
Richie Edwards, Jim Williams who I’ve travelled a lot with this year, and so many more players on the BDO tour”
Do you have any advice for young players who want to get into darts and take it seriously ?
” If they’re just starting out, enjoy it, and try not to take it to seriously, then if they feel like darts is the career they want to pursue then PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE”
What would it mean to you to be a PDC tour card holder and play along the best darts players on the planet ?
” It would be a massive achievement as a tour card is difficult to earn. At this moment in time I haven’t made a decision just focusing on the remaining tournaments of the year”
Were there any darts players you looked upto when you first got into darts ?
“Being Welsh I always looked up to Richie Burnett. Mark Webster, his World Final match is always something I remember when I first started watching darts”
What are your ambitions for the rest of the year ?
” To be competitive and hopefully win the remaining majors in the BDO”
Thank you for your time Dean, and we wish you the best of luck for the future.