Four more years as Barney signs with Unicorn!
Raymond van Barneveld

RvB & Unicorn Darts Managing Director Edward Lowy.

Raymond van Barneveld has committed his long-term future to the sport after agreeing a new deal with Unicorn Darts.

Barney has signed a new four-year contract with Unicorn and he has made it his number one priority to win a 6th World Championship crown.

The deal with Unicorn takes the partnership to 2017.

“I am hungry to win the big titles,” he said. “And I want to do it with Team Unicorn. They have given me amazing support through some bad times. They have stuck by me and always believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself and for that, I will always be extremely grateful.”

Barneveld went five-and-a-half years without winning a ‘Major’ TV title until his brilliant victory over fellow Dutch star Michael van Gerwen to win the Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton last November.

That 16-14 victory reinvigorated Barneveld and reconfirmed his status as one of the very best in the world.

“I want to repay the faith and trust that Unicorn has put in me and that means winning a World Championship at the Alexandra Palace!”

Barneveld’s last World Crown came in 2007 when he beat Phil Taylor in ‘The Greatest Game’ at the Circus Tavern. But he came close again this year before just being edged out by Taylor in the Ally Pally semi-finals.

Unicorn Managing Director Edward Lowy said: “Unicorn is all about the long game and it is a pleasure to work with the true greats of the sport. Raymond van Barneveld fits into that category. Together over the years, we have developed something special.”

He added: “We are absolutely delighted to sign a new four-year contract with Raymond and look forward to many more successes to thrill the Barney Army around the world!”

Barneveld is one of the top Dutch sportsmen of all time and he remains arguably THE most popular player in the world of darts.

“The support I get wherever I go is amazing and the security of my partnership with Unicorn gives me the perfect platform to go out and win many more TV tournaments,” he said.

“But the World Championship is the one. I now have the perfect set up with my darts thanks to Unicorn. There won’t be any more major changes! I feel comfortable. My head is in the right place and I believe I can achieve many things over the next few years.”

The 46-year-old is also looking forward to his battle for Dutch darting dominance with the pretender to the crown Michael van Gerwen.

“He is an incredible talent,” Barneveld said. “And it is a great new challenge to all of us to have Michael playing the way he is. I look forward to taking up that challenge.”

The immediate aims for Barneveld though, are three big TV tournaments in a busy summer for the sport.

Barney is targeting a third UK Open title in Bolton in June, then there is the European Championship in Germany followed by the World Matchplay at Blackpool.

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