February 2012

James Wade visited Manchester United’s training ground yesterday ahead of the opening night of the McCoy’s Premier League.

Wade was joined by Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld, Andy Hamilton and Kevin Painter in his trip to Carrington, where he was given a tour of the clubs facilities.

‘The Machine’ also met Sir Alex Ferguson and Ryan Giggs, two men who know a thing or two about winning Premier League titles.

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World number three James Wade has agreed a deal with brand new sponsors, The Money Shop.

‘The Machine’ joins fellow top players Simon Whitlock, Raymond van Barneveld and Paul Nicholson in wearing the well-known brand.

Wade said: “I am over the moon to be associated with The Money Shop. They are a fantastic sponsor to have and I’m really pleased to be joining Simon, Raymond and Paul in being involved with the company. The announcement of this deal is the first step of what I plan to make a very positive year.”

Wade faces 2012 World Championship finalist Andy Hamilton in the opening game of this year’s Premier League, which starts in Manchester tomorrow. The seven-time major winner is aiming for a repeat of his 2009 campaign, when he won the tournament.

He added: “I’m really looking forward to The Premier League this year and can’t wait for Thursday to come around. I have been working hard on improving my game and I am certain that I can reward The Money Shop’s investment and do them proud.

“I’m feeling really confident and excited, especially with this new backing and support. I will wear The Money Shop brand with pride and will do everything I can to repay their faith in me.”