Wolverhampton's Wayne Jones today declared he's back to his best for only his second televised appearance of the year in the PDC World Grand Prix.
'The Wanderer' opens tonight's Sky Sports broadcast in the first round against Mervyn King, after coming out of nowhere to qualify for the tournament.
Jones is eyeing revenge against King, who denied him a ranking final in the non-televised German Darts Masters last month by beating him in the last four.
That was still enough to get the Black Country darter into the Grand Prix, giving him the last spot in the top 32 event after a second semi-final in as many weeks.
And, with a place in the next World Championship secure and being on course for the Players Championship, Jones has been saved from getting another job!
He said: "I think I am back, I am playing nice and I have been for a while. The desperation and the thought of having to get another job frightened me a bit.
"Two months ago, I wasn't even in the World Championship, so have made that and into the Grand Prix as well is great. I have probably saved myself for about a year.
"I think the last time I had a job outside of darts was about 15 years ago for Britannic Assurance, I was an insurance agent but I packed it in when my wife died.
"I needed to look after my kids, they are almost grown up now but I have been living on the money I won in darts two years ago, when I had a really good run.
"So there's light at the end of the tunnel."
Jones must first master the 'double in' and sets format of the Grand Prix and is looking to hit his target with his first three darts at the City West Hotel in Dublin tonight.
King reached last year's final, losing to Michael van Gerwen, but is 1-1 with Jones in the competition and the 47-year-old from Wednesfield won't be worrying about his opponent.
He said: "If I can get the double in with the first three darts, I will have a really good chance of winning it. I think I have played Mervyn twice in the Grand Prix and it's one each.
"It will be interesting, I feel really good and I am not even thinking about people I am playing now-days, it used to worry me but I am not even watching what they are doing.
"What a good few weekends can do for you, shame I have had to wait eight months for them. I have earned more there than I have all year."