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Canadian Wonder-kid Dawson Murschell begins his career as a professional Darts player this weekend when the 2018 PDC ProTour circuit kicks off in Wigan.

The 22-year-old, who famously defeated James Wade in last year’s US Darts Masters, has opted to move to the UK after coming through Q-School with flying colours.

Murschell will compete in three UK Open Qualifiers at Robin Park on Friday, Saturday and Sunday as he bids to reach the finals in Minehead next month – and he is hoping to take to confidence boost from Q-School.

He said: “Q School was very tough, the standard now is just incredible. The PDC Development and Challenge Tours are creating so many good young players.

“I think the amount of games you play produces better mental strength and consistency which brings you on as a dart player so much quicker.

“That’s why perhaps there are so many players coming through now and beating the so-called bigger names, I don’t think anyone is frightened of playing anyone.

“I was obviously delighted to get through in Wigan. It came down to the last day and I needed to win two matches and when I did that I did a few fist pumps but it was great to go on and win.

“The biggest difference now is my timing. I think there’s something in the Canadian blood about being able to produce good scores or finishes at the right time and I’m really excited about taking that on to the ProTour.”