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PETER WRIGHT be­lieves he has been trans­formed into a wanted man after his sud­den rise to the top.

Zany-haired Wright reached the fi­nal of the world cham­pi­onship last year, but his form has dipped since soar­ing to No.4 in the world rank­ings.

He hopes to find his best form in this week­end’s Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship in Muel­heim, Ger­many, where he plays Dutch rookie Ben­ito van de Pas.

“I’ve got a tar­get on my back now,” said Wright. “How­ever, I’m world No.4 and it’s about time I started play­ing like it.

“There’s five or six tele­vi­sion tour­na­ments com­ing up be­fore the end of the year and I want to get back into form for them.” Adrian Lewis was crowned Euro king last year and be­gins his de­fence against Jelle Klaasen.

Book­ies’ favourite Michael van Ger­wen take on Justin Pipe and Phil Tay­lor has drawn Steve Beaton in the com­pe­ti­tion be­ing screened on ITV4.

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