Michael Smith may need just a couple more wins to make it to the latter stages of the Unibet Premier Darts League - two years after finishing bottom of the table in his only other appearance in the competition.
Smith will be hoping for luck of the Irish at Premier Darts League opener
Michael Smith - the only St Helens player to qualify for the lucrative Unibet Premier Darts League - could hardly have hand-picked a tougher opening match in this year’s competition which gets under way in Dublin on Thursday, February 1.
If the odds are to be believed - and it’s not often the experts are way off the mark - then St Helens’ three protagonists in the £1.8m World Darts Championship have little hope of being crowned king of the oche.
Jet-heeled winger Regan Grace, who burst on the Super League scene in style against Wigan Warriors on Good Friday and finished the season with 11 tries under is belt, is one of three Saints' players chosen by Wales' boss John Kear for the forthcoming World Cup.