NEAFL Rising Star Angus Baker has signed a new one-year contract with Canberra.
Baker narrowly missed out on selection in last month's AFL Draft, and despite an array of interstate offers for next season the 21-year-old insists Canberra is the best place to further his aspirations of playing at AFL level.
“I thought long and hard about my playing future and ultimately decided this is where I want to be playing my football next year," Baker said.
“This year has been my most enjoyable year, no doubt.
"The club is in a really good place at the moment and the people we have involved are exceptional.
“I have no doubt our program in Canberra is capable of producing AFL talent so to continue my development here is something I’m really excited for."
Recruited from the Sydney Swans Academy in 2018, Baker has made a stunning return from a heart-breaking knee reconstruction in 2017 to realise his full potential.
Returning to the field early last year, Baker earned a NEAFL Rising Star nomination in Round 3 and was invited to train with the Sydney Swans ahead of the draft, but was surpisingly overlooked.
Not to be deterred, Baker came back bigger and stronger in 2019, claiming both the NEAFL's Rising Star Award and Canberra's Best & Fairest Award, leaving no stone unturned in his quest to make it to the elite level.
Canberra's General Manager of Football, Shaun Young said he was delighted Baker had recommitted to the program.
"Not only has Angus become an integral part of our defence, but he has grown into a wonderful young leader," Young said.
"The club has been really impressed by his commitment since he first arrived here and his success is testament to the work he puts in.
"At the age of just 21 and with an abundance of NEAFL experience, Angus' continuing growth will play a critical role in our club going forward."
By Jacob Gaynor/Canberra Media