Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright is prepared to thrive as the underdog at the Ladbrokes Masters.

The very first competition of the year gets underway on Friday as the leading 24 players in the world set out to put down a marker at the start of the 2021 campaign.

One of those aiming to make a declaration is Wright, who was unable to retain his World Championship as Gerwyn Rate climbed up above both the Scot and Michael van Gerwen to the top of the rankings.

The 50-year-old, who enters into the competition as the reigning champion, has insisted that he would much rather be chasing than chased going into major occasions, noting his preliminary rise to the top.

Wright solely informed Daily Star Sport: “I ‘d rather be going after somebody instead of being the one chased after.

” Before I was a World Champion I constantly desired to beat the guys who had been World Champ.

” When I used to go to exhibits when I was more youthful I played all these men who I wished to beat due to the fact that I ‘d seen them win things on television.

” Gezzy has actually got that on his back now. Individuals are going to try that little bit harder.

” They’re going to pull out shots that they have actually never done before in their lives since they’re playing the world No 1 and the world champ.

” I think he can handle it, however he is going to have a lot on his shoulders, everybody is going to be throwing everything at him.”

Wright has become associated with his vibrant mohican and intense outfits during the 2nd stage of his expert profession, and he will not be watering his design down after criticism from Price.

He stated of his choice to dress as the grinch at Alexandra Palace: “Everyone is entitled to what they believe. My plan was to try and put a smile on individuals’s faces.

” It’s a little bit of fun, if you can’t have a little bit of fun up there then …

” I could be choosy and funny and state ‘his muscley tops put me off since he’s healthy and I’m not. His roaring on phase puts me off’.

” He has actually said about some of their coiffures and outfits I wear that they put individuals off, however what he does puts individuals off. So, there you go. We both do it.”