ROBERT THORNTON is relishing the underdog tag and believes it is the secret to his success as he bids to turn his form around in 2017.

The Scottish ace was flying high as a Premier League player after winning the World Grand Prix as an 80/1 outsider in 2015 .

And after a poor year on the oche in 2016, ‘The Thorn’ believes he is ready to rise again.

“I think I’ll be dangerous again this year,” said Thornton, who also won the UK Open as a 250/1 long-shot in 2012.

“Since I won the Grand Prix I’ve found it tough going but I had a big win against James Wade in The Masters at the start of this year and that gave me a lot of confidence.

“It’s almost like I’m more comfortable having to fight the odds. When nobody expects much from me I surprise them all and that’s the position I’m in now. I’m hungry for more titles and I’ll be giving it my best shot as always.”

Thornton defeated Wade in a deciding leg to reach the quarter-finals of The Masters in January.

He then qualified for the UK Open in February, enjoying a run to the last 16 in one of the qualifying events and winning his televised opener 6-0 in the finals against Kevin Bambrick with a blistering display.

The former World Master lost out to Joe Cullen in the following round but will return to action for Players Championship and European Tour events this month.