Following speculation after his non-selection for the 2014 Premier League, James Wade has issued the following statement:

“I am obviously bitterly disappointed not be included in the Premier League Darts line-up for the first time in seven years.

“The news is devastating, particularly as I feel I was one of the four most consistent players in 2013, reaching the semi-finals in many televised tournaments, including the Premier League play-offs.

“Since Barry Hearn broke the news live on Sky Sports, there has been a large amount of speculation across media and social media platforms regarding the reasons of my omission. I would like to take this opportunity to clear up some confusion and confirm that I did not ask to be left out of the 2014 Premier League, nor did I decline an invitation as a lot of people are asking myself and my family.

“Further to this, I feel it is important to add that no medical professional has suggested I take a break either. My mental health issues have been well documented but my condition is manageable and I have all the right support systems around me.

“I have no choice now but to accept the decision made by the PDC and Sky Sports and work to make sure I am not in this position again.

“I have been working harder than ever on my game recently and this has come as a major blow but will strive to climb back into the top four as soon as possible, where recent history suggests I belong.

“Finally, I would like to thank my fans, family and my sponsors for their continued support both in the past and in the last 24 hours and I look forward to competing on TV again in the UK Open in March and all other televised PDC major events this year.”

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