SCOTTISH DARTS STAR ROBERT THORNTON believes that he is about to turn his form around after a luckless year on the oche.

Since winning the World Grand Prix in October last year, the world number eight has struggled to live up to his ranking.

But former Grand Slam of Darts finalist Thornton reckons he can use the format of next week’s Wolverhampton tournament to return to winning ways.

“I like set-up of the Grand Slam,” said the former UK Open and World Masters Champion.

“I can play without pressure from the beginning because of the group stage and you know that if you get one bad result you can recover your position but in other tournaments one bad result means you’re out.”

Thornton demonstrated his fighting spirit earlier in the season when he pulled off a great escape to avoid elimination from the Premier League.

And the Scotsman warned that he is at his most dangerous when he is written off.

He added: “People aren’t giving me a chance and that’s probably fair following the year I’ve had but if you look at the times when I’ve done well or won big tournaments they didn’t give me much of a chance then either.

“I’m happy being the underdog and that’s when I’m at my most dangerous. There are three big tournaments coming up and I know I am more than capable of making an impact.”

Thornton has been drawn in Group B for the round robin stage alongside Wales’ Gerwyn Price, Belgian youngster Dimitri Van den Bergh and former Grand Slam winner Scott Waites.

His first match will be against Waites on Saturday afternoon.