Huntly’s John Henderson wants to set up a meeting with friend and World Champion Gary Anderson at the PDC World Darts Championship.
Henderson, nicknamed The Highlander, kicks off his World Championship campaign at London’s Alexandra Palace against Andrew Gilding in the first round tomorrow afternoon.
If Henderson wins he would play the double defending World Champion and World No2 Anderson who beat Mark Frost 3-0 last night.
He said: “It would definitely be one to savour if I could play Gary.
“You would be playing one of the best players in the world and the current World Champion.
“I’ve been friends with Gary for a long time. At the ProTour events I often go over and have a throw with him.
“We are close but when you’re up on stage there’s no room for friendship you’ve just got to try to put friendship to the back of the mind and get the job done.”
Henderson, who plays for the Masada Bar in the Aberdeen Darts Association is taking nothing for granted, and expects a difficult opening match against Englishman Gilding.
Gilding is 33rd in the PDC world rankings, just one place below Henderson.
He added: “I’ve played him four times since I joined the PDC and we’ve both won two each.
“It will be a close game because he’s a great player. It’s going to be a tough game because anyone who is in the World Championship is a good player.
“I’m looking forward to it. It should be a good encounter and, hopefully, I can get through.”