PDC name Michael van Gerwen as Player of the Year

Michael van Gerwen of the Netherlands in action during his quarter-final match Clinton Bridge of Australia against during day two of the Sydney Darts Masters on August 30, 2013
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World champion Michael van Gerwen wins three gongs at the PDC's awards night, while Peter Wright and Michael Smith also pick up prizes.

Michael van Gerwen has been named as the PDC Player of the Year at the Professional Darts Corporation's awards night.

The new world number one, who won the 2013 Premier League and the 2014 World Championship, also picked the ProTour Player of the Year and PDC Fans' Player of the Year awards.

"It's been an amazing year for me and I'd like to thank everyone who has made this happen because this is a fantastic moment for me to be named as Player of the Year," said Van Gerwen.

"I've worked so hard for this and to be world champion and number one in the world is amazing. I know what it's like to be ranked number 35 in the world and I've put a lot of work in to get to where I am now.

"I want to stay here but I know it will be very difficult this year."

Meanwhile, World Championship runner-up Peter Wright received two awards. He was named as the PDC's Most Improved Player and the PDPA Players' Player of the Year.

Michael Smith, who beat Phil Taylor at the Alexandra Palace in December, also picked up a gong as the Young Player of the Year.

Michael van Gerwen of the Netherlands in action during his quarter-final match Clinton Bridge of Australia against during day two of the Sydney Darts Masters on August 30, 2013
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