AFTER a hugely successful 2012, Kirkcaldy darts player Alan Small’s 2013 is already off to a flyer.
He could be forgiven for thinking that his career in the sport had peaked when he lifted the Scottish Singles Championships in May last year.
That tournament is renowned for its difficulty, but the local ace kept his cool to lift the title which eluded stars Gary Anderson and Robert Thornton in their early days.
Alan also picked up the Cardenden Open, the Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser Trophy and a nomination for the Kirkcaldy and Central Fife Sports Personality of the Year during a glittering 12 months.
His success hasn’t gone unnoticed, and Alan has now been called up for the first time to be part of the 2013-14 Scottish international squad which will be captained by Ross Montgomery.
He said: “I got the phone call from John Cook (Scottish manager) telling me I had been picked and I was over the moon.
“To be honest if I didn’t get picked this year I was just going to try and forget about it and concentrate on my darts and put it to the back of my mind.
“Since I’ve been picked everybody has been great to me.
“I’ve been getting lots of calls and messages on Facebook saying congratulations.”
Ironically the first outing Alan will have as an international player will be at the British Internationals tournament which will be held locally at the CISWO in Glenrothes.
There will no doubt be more than a few familiar faces in the crowd to cheer Alan on, but he says he’ll try to remain as focussed as he can.
“I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or not for me to be playing there first,” he added.
“But once I’m there I’ll only be thinking about playing darts and trying my best.”