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Painter kicks boredom away

Kevin Painter hopes the Ally Pally stage will be to his liking after finding tournaments "boring" since his Premier League debut.

The Artist finished seventh in the eight-man competition but still managed to impress with victories over Adrian Lewis, Gary Anderson, Simon Whitlock and Andy Hamilton.

Painter now takes on Andree Welge of Germany or China's Leung Chun Nam in the first round of the PDC World Championship and his focus is fully on enjoying success in North London.

"I found the Premier League so enjoyable but since then I've found everything else a little bit boring to be honest," he told sportinglife.com.

"I've got that out of mind head now bit it took me a little while to get over that because nothing else compares to the Premier League.

"Coming to floor events just bored me and my form suffered because of that.

"It took me by surprise as I thought I'd play well in them but I just couldn't get excited about it at all."

Painter was given a Premier League wildcard after winning last year's Players Championship finals but his first-round exit to Michael van Gerwen in Minehead leaves him with work to do in order to stake his claim for a return.

A good run at Ally Pally would do just that but the 45-year-old is realistic about his chances of a spot in the eight-man line-up.

"I think every player wants to play in the Premier League," Painter added.

"I'm not silly enough to think I'll get another go at it straight away as there's a lot of players playing really well at the moment.

"They do put a lot of emphasis on how you do in the World Championship for the Premier League so you just don't know.

"The standard of the players playing now anyone can beat anyone so if you have a bit of luck you never know what can happen.

"The big stage is where you want to be and Ally Pally is an unbelievable venue."