Two-time World Grand Prix winner James Wade has set his sights on completing a hat-trick of Dublin victories and ending his two-year wait for another televised triumph.

Wade, who has amassed seven PDC major titles to date, wants to repeat the form that saw him win the unique tournament, which requires players to start and finish each leg by hitting a double, in 2007 and 2010.

The Aldershot ace faces Steve Beaton in round one when the £350,000 event gets underway on Monday evening, and the 30-year-old, who has reached the semi-finals of the World Championship, Premier League and World Matchplay in the last 12 months, is hoping to add to his impressive trophy haul.

“I’m looking forward to the World Grand Prix in Dublin,” said Wade, whose last major victory came at the 2011 UK Open.

“I’ve got some great memories from the event and I’m ready to win big majors again. I haven’t been at my very best for a while but I am getting closer and I’ve still gone deep into tournaments.”

“I’ve been putting the work in and I’m in a good place but I will take each game as it comes and if I play like I can, I can beat anybody.”

By Chris Murphy

See James Wade in action alongside Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld and Dennis Priestley in Guildford later this month – click here for ticket information.

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