FORMER WORLD GRAND PRIX CHAMPION ROBERT THORNTON has expressed his delight at qualifying for the World Grand Prix after suffering a slump in form since winning the title two years ago.

Thornton famously defeated Michael van Gerwen in the 2016 final and is hoping a return to Dublin’s CityWest can inspire a¬†revival.

He said: “It was the biggest achievement of my career to win the World Grand Prix, especially beating Michael in the final.

“Since then things have not gone my way. I’m battling my way back and I’m relieved and excited to be in the tournament. I have some great memories there. Not only winning but hitting a nine-darter in a brilliant match the year before.

“Every time I have won titles it has been after a spell of poor form so I don’t doubt that I will rediscover it soon and the Grand Prix would be the perfect tournament. I really love the double-start format and I’m going to enjoy it.”