JOE Murnan will make his debut in the Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton which starts this weekend.

The Bolton thrower won through at a qualifying event in Wigan on Monday night.

He was one of eight players to qualify for the event which sees players from the sport's two organising bodies – the PDC and BDO – come together in one competition.

Murnan came through a PDC Tour card holder qualifier at the Robin Park Tennis Centre with victories over Benito van de Pas (5-4), Shaun Griffiths (5-0) and Ryan Palmer (5-4).

The Grand Slam of Darts begins takes place from Saturday to a week on Sunday and will see 32 stars of the sport face off at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall, including six-time champion Phil Taylor, world number one Michael van Gerwen and reigning PDC World Champion Gary Anderson.

With the eight players from the BDO circuit also involved it will bring the two rival organisations’ stars together on the big stage for the only time of the year.

Played in a group format in the round-robin first round, the top two from each of eight groups will progress to the knockout phase from the last 16 onwards, guaranteeing Murnan at least three games on Sky TV.