‘Rugby lover’ Price could still quit amid claims he has ‘never liked darts’

The 'German voice of darts' Elmar Paulke has speculated that 'rugby lover' Gerwyn Price could well quit darts. Ever the pantomime villain, the Welshman once again felt the brunt of the Alexandra Palace crowd at the World Championship.

Price's venture at the worlds came to a shock end, after he was hammed 5-1 by underdog Gabriel Clemens in the quarter-final of the event. Despite usually receiving a raucous reception, the Welshman often quiets down the crowd with an impressive display on the oche.

The 2021 world champion opted for a different way to sound the Ally Pally crowd out though during his quarter-final, after bizarrely taking to the stage with ear defenders on.

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If he had not already taken enough flack on the evening, more was coming his way following his new head gear. And it proved to be all in vein, as they proved no help during his dismal defeat to Clemens.

After the match, the former winner posted a damning story to his Instagram account, threatening to never play at the Ally Pally again following his defeat, sparking rumours that he was ready to quit. This is not the first time an early retirement for Price has been suggested.

Once a keen rugby player, Price has often revealed he was keen to return to the sport at some stage, which could well replace his darts career. And commentator Paulke does believe there is a real chance the Welshman could call it quits on the oche.

Speaking on the 'Game On' podcast, he said: "I have the thought that Gerwyn Price is actually considering ending his career. I think that is a realistic option. That's because Gerwyn Price has never really liked darts.

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"Rugby is his love. Darts has brought him success, it has brought him a lot of money, from that he has been able to buy houses. It gave him financial security. Darts did all that for him, but it never – I think – reached his heart.

"That's why I could imagine Price saying at some point, 'You know what, why don't you play without me?' And then he just leaves. I don't think that's a scenario completely out of the blue."

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