NICK Kenny says he is looking forward to starting the next chapter in his darts career after yet more disappointment on the world stage.

Cwmbran’s Kenny, 26, was beaten 3-2 by Dutchman Dennie Olde Kalter in his opening match at this year’s BDO World Championships in London.

Tuesday’s defeat means Kenny’s fallen at the first hurdle on each of the three occasions he has qualified for the tournament.

Kenny returns to his day job as a civil servant today, but it won’t be long before he is back on the oche and gunning for a place on the PDC (Professional Darts Corporation) circuit.

Wigan’s Robin Park Leisure Centre is the destination for Kenny next Thursday, with a run to any of the four Q School finals held on successive days earning him a prized tour card.

“I’m looking forward to the next chapter,” said Kenny. “It’s time to kick on now and start earning some serious money.

“If I play at Q School like I have this season then I’ll do quite well.

“If I don’t get through Q School then I’ll always have the BDO (British Darts Organisation) to fall back on.

“If I don’t get a card then I’ll still be WDF (World Darts Federation) number one and go to the Dutch Open as the top seed.

“I played on the PDC Youth Development tour when I was younger – I probably played some of my best darts back then – but I’ve never been to Q School before.

“But I know how it all works and everything will run like clockwork. The PDC is run like a business and it will be organised properly.”

Reflecting on his loss to Kalter, Kenny admitted the foot he broke last year was giving him a few problems during the second-round encounter at indigo at The O2.

“It was a good game,” he added. “My foot was playing up. I thought it would be alright. I had an ankle strap but didn’t wear it. I wouldn’t say it put me off, but it was niggling me.

“My slow start cost me, and his finishing was unbelievable.

“I just missed the bull for a 170 checkout in the last leg of the second set and he hit the double to go 2-0 up.

“I had the throw in the first leg of the last set and then he hit a 12-darter. I still thought I’d get back into it, but he took out 111 to win the match.

“It’s frustrating. I don’t want to take anything away from the other lads, but they’ve been averaging 83 or 84 – we were both around 90.

“I was pleased with how I came back. Two or three years ago, my head would have gone down and I’d have lost that game 3-0.”