Josh Payne now sits at number 11 on the Pro Tour Order of Merit (excluding the top 16) and we caught up with the rising star to ask him a few questions and find out a bit more about Josh Payne.
Hi Josh, thanks for joining us how are you feeling after that fantastic performance at the weekend?
“Feeling really pleased with the weekends results. It’s just about sinking in now what this could mean for my career and where it can take me”
What were your thoughts after hitting that winning double on Saturday?
“Obviously a massive relief after I hit it but the funny thing was as I went for it I thought about the practice games me, Chizzy, Chris Dobey and Jamie Robinson were playing before the competition started. The 116’s were going in for fun”
Was there one player who helped or inspired you to get in to darts?
”My dad got me into darts and I played with him all over Kent. On a professional level, watching Phil Taylor achieve everything he has inspired me to practice hard and take it more seriously”
How long have you been playing darts for?
”About 10 years now. Started playing youth darts for Kent, played for England youth, then started on the development tour and got my tour card from there. That was 5 years ago and haven’t looked back since”
You are looking good to qualify for the World Matchplay, what would it mean to you to play in a couple of majors this year?
”Fingers crossed! It would mean a lot, it’s what we all work hard for. It was my aim was the Worlds this year everything else is an opportunity to get more experience before then”
What do you put your improvement down to this year?
”A lot of practice, a lot. Improving mentally helps. That’s it really just putting the time and effort in even when you don’t feel like it”
Have you any interests outside of darts or is it just strictly darts for you?
”I’m a big fan of the gym, I go most days. I think it’s good to be physically fit as well as mentally fit”
Have you got a favourite match you’ve competed in?
”The win against James Wade at the weekend is definitely up there obviously. The game with Mensur at the weekend to see me in my first semi final was great, he’s such a good player and hard to beat”
What do you put your focus on next?
”European darts matchplay in Hamburg is next, I’ll be practicing hard for that”
You have received a lot of support this weekend, you have a great team behind you it seems how much do they play a part in your success?
”A lot. My manager, Linda Duffy, she helps me concentrate game by game. She does a lot for me, which means I can just focus on throwing darts”
Whats next for Josh Payne?
”I’m going to have a couple of days off then hit the board ready for Hamburg”