Angus Baker's anxious AFL draft wait

Canberra defender Angus Baker is "pretty happy" with the way he went at the NAB AFL State Draft Combine, but he'll still have a nerve-racking seven-week wait until draft night.

Defender Angus Baker will have an anxious seven-week wait until the AFL Draft. Photo: TJ Velds/NEAFL Media

Over the course of two days, Baker had his physical measurements recorded while also having his athletic traits such as speed, aerobic capacity, vertical leap and agility tested.


AFL recruitment staff also had opportunity to profile Angus’ character through a series of interviews throughout the testing period.


The 21-year-old told canberrademons.com.au he was pleased with his sprint and yo yo testing, but also relished the chance to chat to AFL recruitment staff.


"I was happy with my sprint and yo yo testing, they're two aspects of my game I pride myself on so to test well was really encouraging," Baker said.


"I spoke with a few clubs which is really exciting, but you just never know, there's no promises until the actual night, until you get your name read out."


A product of the Sydney Swans Academy, Baker doesn't care where he ends up – he'll be "stoked" just as long as he is on an AFL list.


He will keep in shape during the next seven weeks so he can hit the ground running if his name does get called out on draft night.


"It's obviously stressful, we had a lot of testing to do so it was definitely really nerve-racking,"Baker said.


"I think I performed to the best of my ability, my preparation was the best it could have been so overall I was pretty happy with how I went.


"I'll do a bit of running in the lead-up to the draft, If I get picked up I want to be fit and ready to go for the first day of pre-season.


"I think the best thing for me right now is to just focus on work and my university study, just to try and take my mind off it all."


Baker was one of two Canberra draft prospects who attended the combine with former Demon Sam Fisher also in attendance.


The NAB AFL Draft will be held on the 27th and 28th of November.

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