Michael van Gerwen has set his sights on his own drive for five.

The world number one is back on Irish shores for the Boylesports World Grand Prix, which starts at Citywest in Dublin this evening.

The 30-year-old has already won the double-in double-out major four times, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018 but has never retained his title.

"That would be really great [to win back-to-back] but it's going to be tough because there are so many good players," the Dutchman, who plays Order of Merit ranked 59 Jamies Hughes this evening, told RTE Sport.

"I feel good, I'm in good form and I've practiced well. I hope I can bring that to the stage and make everyone happy.

"I hope I can do some more damage in this tournament, it's a lovely venue, it's a lovely place and I love to perform in Ireland.

"Of course Jamie is a phenomenal player but I think I'm better."

MVG, the reigning and three-time world champion, is a director of the Junior Darts Corporation and keeps an eye on the next generation.

Two weeks ago young Irish player Keane Barry won the Junior International Open crown in Gibraltar, hitting a 100.5 average in the decider, and also qualified for the final of the Junior World Championship.

Either Meath's Barry, 17, or Liam Gallagher, 23, from Galway, will be at the World Championship proper in Alexandra Palance at Christmas as the winner of the Tom Kirby Memorial, the final of which takes place at Citywest on Saturday.

Keane Barry (r)

"It's a good [time] for Irish darts but [the young players] need to do it step by step," added Van Gerwen.

"I always say it's not a sprint it's a marathon, you have to do it year by year.

"I've been in every position they have been in and I know exactly what they need to do to become a top player.

"It's not that easy when you are young but they need to keep investing in themselves because that's really important."

2017 winner Daryl Gurney starts his campaign tomorrow evening against Holland's Danny Noppert.

The Derry man, now ranked world number three, said: "[To win two years ago] really was a dream come true, it was a night that I will never forget.

"The next morning I woke up I remember thinking 'who owns this trophy beside me?' It still felt like some kind of dream.

"But I'm probably a better player now than I was then so hopefully I can enjoy another dream and wake up with the trophy again."

Round 1 Schedule of Play

Tonight 7pm (Best of 3 sets)

Ricky Evans v Chris Dobey
Mervyn King v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Joe Cullen v Ian White
Jeffrey de Zwaan v Steve Beaton
James Wade v John Henderson
Michael Smith v Simon Whitlock
Michael van Gerwen v Jamie Hughes
Gary Anderson v Keegan Brown

Monday 7pm 

Stephen Bunting v Jonny Clayton
Vincent van der Voort v Nathan Aspinall
Adrian Lewis v Jermaine Wattimena
Glen Durrant v Krzysztof Ratajski
Daryl Gurney v Danny Noppert
Gerwyn Price v Dave Chisnall
Rob Cross v Mensur Suljovic
Peter Wright v Max Hopp