THE news continues to get better and better for Fleetwood darts ace Wes Newton.
Having reached his first major PDC final at the weekend, when James Wade beat him to the Speedy Hire UK Open title, the world No.8 has qualified for the Grand Slam of Darts in November.
Newton has contested the Wolverhampton tournament twice in the last three years as a wildcard qualifier but will compete as of right this year as a major finalist.
Newton said: “I wanted to qualify this year by reaching a final and I’ve done that, so it’s great for me.
But for now the 33-year-old is fully focused on the World Matchplay in Blackpool, starting July 16.
Again he is assured of his place, courtesy of his world ranking, and he is determined to end his Winter Gardens jinx.
“It’s my favourite tournament and hopefully this is the year I can have a good run,” said Newton, a first-round loser in all his previous four appearances at the venue.
By the time of this year’s event Newton will be a father, with girlfriend Stacey expecting their first child within a fortnight.
“I’m having a great year and I really want to keep that going,” he said.