Canberra star Angus Baker will test against the best in the state after receiving an invitation to October’s AFL State combine.
Baker, a former Sydney Swans Academy member, suffered a devastating ACL injury in 2017 which forced him to miss the majority of the season.
He signed with Canberra last season and immediately impressed in his comeback, receiving an invitation to train with the Sydney Swans in the lead-up to the AFL Draft in 2018, however he went undrafted.
Following on from his impressive debut campaign for Canberra, Baker received his second NEAFL Rising Star nomination in Round 1 this season, collecting 36 disposals and five marks as Canberra held off a late fightback from the Gold Coast SUNS.
Playing as a key or extra defender, Baker has averaged 31.1 disposals per game in the NEAFL this season.
His impressive marking has been a cornerstone of his game, ranking sixth in the NEAFL for marks taken (110) in 2019.
“He’s really suited to that third defender role with his intercept marking,” Canberra defender Jonathan Spina told canberrademons.com.au.
“His judgment of the ball in the air is as good as I’ve seen from a NEAFL player.
“He’s worked really hard on and off the field, and he’s had his best year by far."
The State combine will take place on October 4th and 5th in Melbourne, Victoria.