John Henderson hopes he can build on his brilliant Premier League showing against Michael van Gerwen by winning a PDC tournament.
On Thursday night the Highlander delighted the 4,000 capacity crowd at the AECC by drawing 6-6 with the world No 1.
The Huntly thrower was piped on to the stage and gave the north-east support plenty to shout about.
He fired in six 180s, averaging 97.38, and rallied from 3-0, 5-3 and 6-4 down to get a draw.
Now Hendo is focusing on qualifying for the World Matchplay in Blackpool in July.
To do that he hopes to win a Players Championship event on the PDC’s Pro Tour.
Henderson said: “My goal going forward is to get this win on the Pro Tour because I’ve had four quarter-finals this year and I can’t get it.
“If I can get a Pro Tour win this year you never know what could happen.
“We are all playing now to get to Blackpool for the World Matchplay, which is one of the main TV events.
“But this was my home game and the Premier League is every darts players’ goal.
“I would love to get here on merit.
“I was here through Gary’s unfortunate injury. But I took advantage of it and I’ll have to see what happens from here.”
Hendo was playing in the Premier League as one of nine contenders the PDC invited to the tournament for the first nine weeks of the event following Scot Anderson’s withdrawal from the competition due to a back injury.
Henderson was sad to see his compatriot miss out, but was pleased to take advantage of the invite and justify his performance with a stellar showing against the defending Premier League and world champion.
He added: “I’ve got to thank Gary Anderson for me being here, but the contenders has been a great idea. That’s five weeks now and nobody has let themselves down. Everyone has played well.
“That was my concern, not to let myself down, because I was playing Michael van Gerwen, but I played really well.
“It was unfortunate for Gary to pull out and no darts player wants to see him going through what he is. Hopefully he is on the mend, but if the contenders is still here next year then so be it.”
The crowd were all behind Hendo on Thursday and there was a sizeable support at the AECC from his hometown of Huntly.
He said: “I believe there was a big turnout from Huntly.
“I didn’t see half of them but I definitely heard them!
“The crowd were brilliant and Aberdeen and the north-east got behind me and I can’t thank them enough.”