ANDY Hamilton is hoping the International Pro Darts Showdown Series can kickstart his career and he will be going all out to win the second leg of the series on the Gold Coast next week.
The man they call The Hammer has slipped out of the world's top 64 in the past couple of years after a slump in form.
But the 50-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent is a fighter and he says he will be using the tour to help get his career back on track.
Hamilton lost 7-0 in the final of the first leg at Brisbane's RNA Convention Centre on Thursday night but said just getting to the final was a real confidence boost and he was hoping to build on his performances.
The former world championship runner-up showed all his battling qualities in a 7-6 quarter-final win over Australian No.2 Kyle Anderson in Brisbane before defeating Robbie King in the last four.
Hamilton said although he was well beaten in the final it was not a disgrace to the 16-time world champion.
"Phil Taylor is a legend and still the best player in the world still without a doubt,” Hamilton, who was once Taylor's practice partner, said.
"Just playing and fighting in games is what I want.
"I am not consistent yet but it's coming.
"This has proved to me that I can still play.
"The next three events will only make me better and better.
"So hopefully over the next three weeks I can win one of these.”
A near sell-out crowd of 2250 watched the second night of action in Brisbane with around 1500 attending on night one and Hamilton said he hoped the rest of the tour would be as successful and the series could become an annual event.
"That stage is where it all happens,” Hamilton said.
"The atmosphere, the people behind you is what it's all about.
"When you have got that behind you, you want to play the best you can.
"I think this is the starting point for Australian darts.
"The Queensland crowds have been unbelievable so far and they love the darts.
"When the crowd loves the darts we (the players) do too.
"Australian darts is on the up and this tournament is a huge boost.
"I can't wait for the next one.”
The Gold Coast leg of the series runs from January 17-18 at Gold Coast Events Centre.
The roadshow then moves on to Townsville and Mackay.
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