Unicorn signs up Anderson

PDC number three signs on with Unicorn, the home of 15 times World Champion Phil Taylor

Gary Anderson has signed up with Unicorn on a three-year deal, and set his sights on claiming glory in 2011.

Anderson has been playing in Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) events for a little over two years, and said his deal with Unicorn will ‘help me take my game to the next level and that means winning the major events’.

Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor, the undisputed king of darts with a record 15 World Championships under his belt, is a Unicorn-sponsored player and Anderson is aiming to gain success against him in 2011.

Anderson beat Taylor in the 2007 World Darts Trophy in the Netherlands, but Taylor has taken the lions share of victories in recent times. Recent victories include televised matches in the final of the 2010 UK Open, the final of this year’s Players Championship event and twice in the Premier League.

“Phil is the benchmark for everyone,” Anderson said. “To beat him on the way to a big tournament win is a goal that I have set myself.”

Anderson added: “I am not scared of Phil. I have the ability to beat him. I have the utmost respect off the oche for Phil and for what he has done for the sport, but I can’t afford to show any respect to him or any other player when I am up on that stage.”

Anderson’s capture means seven of the world’s top eight darts players are part of the Unicorn organisation, including Taylor, current World Champion Adrian Lewis and five times World Champion Raymond van Barneveld.

Unicorn managing director Edward Lowy said: “We are delighted to welcome Gary to Team Unicorn. He is, without doubt, one of the most exciting darting talents in the world today.

 “By having the courage to join the PDC, Gary has been able to demonstrate his awesome ability to vast live and TV audiences, and it is only a matter of time before he starts to accumulate ‘major’ titles.”