Jonny Clayton finally retires as plasterer as he targets £315,000 jackpot by winning Premier League Darts | The Sun

JONNY CLAYTON is finally hanging up his plastering trowel as he targets a mammoth £315,000 jackpot tomorrow night.

The Welshman topped the 16-night Premier League Darts league with four wins, which have banked him £40,000 in cash.

If he beats Joe Cullen in the semi-finals in Berlin and then retains the Prem trophy for a second time, he will scoop a whopping £275,000 in prize money.

After years of discussions, Clayton, 47, has agreed in principle with Carmarthenshire county council to quit as a plasterer in December and go full-time as a darts pro.

The Ferret said: “I’ve basically taken five months off work already this year, and as the Premier League season comes to an end, my time as a plasterer is probably coming to an end, too.

“My bosses at Carmarthenshire county council have been incredibly fair to me, allowing me to fit the day job around playing darts. But now it’s time for me to return to their kindness.

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“I can’t keep going to them to ask for time off, and they can’t keep bending over backwards to accommodate one employee.

“The plan is for me to carry on until December, but from the end of the year I’m going to try and be a professional darts player full-time.

“After that, the tools will be staying in the van. It will be hard to say goodbye to a trade that has sustained me all my working life.

“But I’ve reached the stage now where it’s become too hard to maintain a balance between darts and a nine-to-five job.”

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No.2 seed Michael van Gerwen will face James Wade in the other best-of-19-leg semi-final.

It comes just two days after the conclusion of the Nordic Darts Masters, which were won by Belgian Dimitri Van den Bergh.

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