Josh has been a rising star in darts from an early age, being the youngest player to win the Kent Men’s Super-league Singles aged 17 years. He was then picked for the Kent County A side (aged 17) and represented England at Youth level in the European Cup.
He has since won numerous Open tournaments at senior level including the Sittingbourne Open and the Medway Open. When the PDC launched their Development Tour in 2011 Josh moved over to the PDC and has been ever present on the various tours. In fact, when Josh won his first Players Championship in May 2016, he became one of only two players to win on the Development Tour, Challenge Tour and Players Championship Tour.
His impressive progress on the PDC tour was widely acknowledged in July 2016 when he qualified for his first TV Major, The World Matchplay in Blackpool. Still aged only 22 the future is certainly bright for Josh.
Josh has played on the PDC Youth Tour since its inception in 2011 and due to his excellent performances won his tour card for the main PDC Players Tour for 2 years which he started in 2013.
During his first year he beat Phil Taylor in the UK Open qualifier and narrowly missed out on appearing in the final televised stages.
Josh also qualified for the televised stages of the Gibraltar Masters and German Masters, both PDC European Tour Events.
Josh competed in “The World” soft tip darts championships in La Rochelle in May 2013 where he was crowned “Bullmaster” at his first attempt, hitting 35 consecutive Bulls! Just 8 Bullseye’s off the world record.
Josh played on the PDC Youth Tour again this season and finished overall second in the Order of Merit. During the season he was the most consistent player on tour winning 2 events, finishing runner up in 2 events and reaching the latter stages of 11 other events.
Josh finished above all UK based youth players including the current youth world champion.
On the 2014 PDC Professional Players Tour Josh qualified for the Dutch Masters in Eindhoven and the UK Open Finals, both events being televised.
Josh played in 20 Tour events beating several top professionals including Simon Whitlock, Dave Chisnall, Robert Thornton and Justin Pipe.
His performances have aroused attention amongst the top players on the Pro Tour, particularly Phil Taylor who mentioned Josh in a TV interview with Robbie Savage (see below)
Due to his exceptional performances on the Youth Tour Josh retained his professional tour card for a further 2 years which he started in January 2015.
Josh played in 6 UK Open qualifiers which earned him a place at the UK Open Finals in Minehead. He reached the last 32 of this Major event narrowly losing out to Mensur Suljovic (current world ranked 21).
Josh qualified for the final stages of two televised European events, the German Masters and the Dutch Masters, played in April 2015 and June 2015 respectively.
In his first match at the Dutch Masters Josh beat Wolverhampton’s Wayne Jones 6-3 before moving on to defeat the 2014 BDO World Champion Stephen Bunting 6-4 in the last 32. He then defeated former Youth World Champion Michael Smith 6-4 in the last 16 before finally falling to former world number 9 and winner of the first ever PDC European Tour event, Justin Pipe in the quarter final.
Josh continued his impressive form on the PDC Pro Tour by reaching the last 16 of the Players Championship in Crawley, last 16 in Wigan and the last 8 in Dublin, where he achieved his best weekend to date.
Josh played in 6 UK Open qualifiers which earned him a place at the UK Open Finals in Minehead, March 2016. He lost out to Ryan de Vreede in the last 64.
Josh had his first win on the PDC Pro Tour in Barnsley winning PC6. On his way to victory Josh came through many tough matches including a quarter final clash against Mensur Suljovic and a 6-5 win over James Wade in the final.
Josh had success this season on the European Tour having qualified for the German Masters in Hamburg, the Austrian Masters in Vienna and the European Darts Trophy in Mulheim.
Due to his consistently impressive performances on the PDC Pro Tour Josh qualified for the World Matchplay Finals, Blackpool in July for the first time. He made a very good debut eventually losing out to World number 7 Robert Thornton.
Josh is currently placed at number 7 in the PDC Development Tour rankings and will play in the Youth World Championship later this year.