Baker honoured by first Best & Fairest award

Canberra defender Angus Baker has joined a prestigious list of players to win the Demons' Best and Fairest award, after the defender dominated the vote-count on Friday night.

Angus Baker was named Canberra's Best & Fairest on Friday night.

The Sydney Swans Academy product finished the night with 164 votes, well clear of runner-up Mitch Maguire (115) and third-placed Alex Smout (110).

Baker’s first ever Best & Fairest win adds another accolade to an outstanding season, after already winning the NEAFL's Rising Star award and being named in the NEAFL's Team of the Year.

The 21-year-old was named among the Demons' best 14 times from 17 games this season, averaging 30 disposals, seven marks and five rebound 50s playing off half-back.

“I’m just really honoured to win this award,” Baker told the crowd on Friday night. 

“Some amazing talent have won this award in the past and to now be on that list with them is a massive honour.”

Having tested at the NAB AFL State Draft Combine earlier this month, Baker said he will take a relaxed approach to the upcoming draft.

“I’m not thinking about it too much really, just trying to get my body right and do everything I can in the right manner,"Baker said.

“I think it’s important to keep pretty relaxed and keeping calm will go a long way in being able to achieve the goals that I’ve set out.”

Baker, who is seen as a late round or rookie draft selection if he were to make his way to the AFL this year, admitted he wasn’t getting ahead of himself.

“If it happens, it happens, but if it doesn’t, it doesn’t, and I will just focus on next year.”

If he doesn't get picked up, Baker reassured the Canberra faithful he is eager to remain a Demon in 2020.

“I think we are building something special here and if I don't get picked up I think I'd like to remain in Canberra next year,” Baker said.

"The exciting thing is how young we are and how talented our playing group is, if we stick together I'm positive success isn't too far away."

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