Joining me today is Mark Elkin from ‘The Sportsman Management Company’.
The Sportsman Management Company ltd manage some of the best players in World Darts with a mix of experience and fresh young talent.
The team boasts three players in the PDC’s top 16 – Mensur Suljovic (8), Jelle Klaasen (9) and Kim Huybrechts (13).
Also included in the team are a blend of young tungsten talent which includes the PDC Unicorn World Youth Champion Corey Cadby who has taken the darting world by storm, also the Belgian duo of Dimitri van den Bergh who has had a terrific year alongside fellow Belgian youngster Mike de Decker.
The BDO world number Glen Durrant is also managed by TSMC ltd and what a phenomenal two years it’s been for the Middlesbrough star as he has won over 20 titles over the last two years as he has continued to dominate the BDO.
Adding experience to the team is the Belgian star Ronny Huybrechts.
The talented nine-dart hero Kyle Anderson of Australia is also represented by TSMC ltd he has had another solid year on the tour.
Thanks for joining me Mark, what a year it has been for your team with Mensur, Jelle and Kim all in the Worlds top 16 and a superb year for your new addition Corey Cadby and Dimitri van den Bergh ?
” Thanks Tom, yes it’s been an amazing year Mensur has been a revelation and to finish the year in the Worlds top 8 is superb, Jelle is knocking on the door of winning a major and finishes the year in 9th and Kim once again has been so consistent, cementing his place as 13th in the world, then we have the young guns, Dimitri is growing in stature and is showing he belongs on the big stage then there’s Corey, this boy can achieve anything he wants he has such talent already being crowned The World Youth Champion, people talk about his demeanour on stage yet once people meet him there opinion of him usually changes as he’s such a nice appreciative lad “
It was really sad news that Kyle Anderson had to withdraw from the Players Championship finals and the World Darts Championship due to Visa problems, is that close to being resolved ?
” We have been informed today that the decision has been made by the Embassy in Australia we are just waiting for the letter to arrive to Kyle, we will know in the next couple of days if Kyle is allowed back into the UK “
One of your most recent additions to the team was Mensur Suljovic.. just how much has he impressed you this year ?
” Mensur is the perfect professional, he works very hard at his game, hence his current ranking, I am really impressed with his attitude “
The darting world is in awe of your latest recruit Corey Cadby, he is a phenomenal talent isn’t he ? what made him catch your eye ?
” Ian Dargan of Team Rebel in Australia called me to tell me about this young kid who has this raw talent so in June Jelle, Kyle and I were touring Australia doing exhibitions and I decided to take a closer look at the lad, needless to say he won the final of the DPA Tour on the Saturday with 100.83 average then won the final on Sunday with 108.87 average, we had a chat and he signed in August when I was in Oz for The World Series “
We all know what a great team you all have at TSMC ltd, what do you do on a day-to-day basis to help make your team what it is today ?
” Good question Tom but honestly, there’s to many things to mention, I just tell my players I’m here 24/7 any problems they have I will do my best to solve so basically I do everything, all my players have to do is play darts “
What are the teams targets/ambitions for 2017 ?
” Ambitions are to make Champions, targets are to play consistently, do that then the targets make the ambitions”
The BDO world number one Glen Durrant has totally dominated the BDO circuit over the last two years, what do you make of his phenomenal progress ?
” Glen is a true champion and his success rate is amazing, to keep winning tournaments under immense pressure shows what a player he is and I only have to point to the Grand Slam to say I’m 1000% sure he can hold his own if ever he made the switch to the PDC “
The William Hill world darts championship is over for team TSMC for another year, but the team impressed in my opinion with Jelle Klaasen and Kim Huybrechts both reaching the last 16, what are your thoughts ?
” I am very happy with the way all the players performed “
It has been an incredible year for one of your younger players in Dimitri van den Bergh as he has continued to show why he belongs on the big stage, how far can this kid go ?
” Like I said earlier he’s growing in stature all the time, he’s another that works tremendously hard at his game and I believe he will have a big year in 2017, he’s only young and has a massive future, I am very happy with the progress he’s made so far “
Final question Mark, we all agree that Jelle or Kim (or both) warrant a spot in the Premier League in 2017 which is announced this evening, what are their chances ?
” In my mind they both should be in but my opinion counts for nothing, I believe Jelle has definitely done enough to warrant a place and I also think Kim was so unlucky to miss out on it last year and if Michael and Robert are out and Mensur isn’t considered for any reason then surely it’s out of Kim and Benito “
Thanks to Mark for joining me for our tungsten chat….
” Thanks Tom, keep up the good work and a very happy new year to you and your readers “