Martin Adams is ready to let No.2 seed Mark McGeeney do all the worrying as the Lakeside veteran prepares for another crack at the BDO World Championship.

The 61-year-old Adams has won the title three times, and twice finished as runner-up, including a 7-6 defeat against Scott Mitchell in the 2015 final.

Adams returns to Frimley Green with renewed focus following a battle with prostate cancer, and is looking to better his run to the quarter-finals last year when edged out by Jamie Hughes.

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A tough opener against McGeeney on Saturday afternoon provides an immediate stiff test.

However, the popular Englishman known as "Wolfie" now adopts a philosophical approach to the game, having completed a course of radiotherapy which at one stage left him not feeling like throwing darts at all.

Adams accepts his recent form has been "up and down like Tower Bridge", but intends to make the most of whatever opportunities come along at the Surrey venue, which hosts the BDO tournament from January 6 to 14.

"At least it is the devil you know [with Mark], but I will let him do the worrying," said Adams.

"You can say, 'Well, it could have been an easier draw', but there are no easy games at Lakeside.

"I have always thought every match that you play is like a final and even the unknown players can turn it on if they warm to the stage."

Glen Durrant will be out to retain the title he won 12 months ago with a 7-3 success over Dutchman Danny Noppert, while McGeeney is looking to build on his run to the final of the Winmau World Masters.

Elsewhere, No.3 seed Hughes, Mitchell and Scotland's Ross Montgomery will all be determined to make inroads at the tournament, along with the likes of Belgium's Geert de Vos and Wesley Harms of Holland.

Adams, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in April 2016, is relishing his return to the Lakeside oche.

"I have recaptured my concentration levels now, that was the big thing," said Adams, BDO world champion in 2007, 2010 and 2011.

"I just couldn't concentrate on either playing darts or practising. It was hard work.

"I also had plantar fasciitis [policeman's heel], which made it very difficult to practise, because it made it so painful.

"But that is wearing off now, so I am back at the board regularly. It is a lot better than I was before, I could only put in 15 minutes if I was lucky.

"Concentration is good, the motivation is good, so I am hoping for good things back at the Lakeside."

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