By MADDY McCASKILL
Injuries are one of the hardest things to come back from when football is such a huge part of someone’s life.
For Angus Baker, injuring his ACL over a year ago could have been the end of his football dreams.
After just being selected in the Sydney Swans Under-19 Academy, Baker tore his ACL in a pre-season practice match while training with the Swans.
Ready for a new start, Baker is already making a huge impact for his new club Canberra having played in both practice matches.
“My games have gone pretty well,” he said.
“It’s taken a bit of time to get back into things because of the knee but I’m settling in here nicely and trying to get back on track now.
“Having 12 months off football is a pretty tough thing to go through and I’ve never done that before so it was really good to get back.
“Words can’t describe it.”
When asked how different Canberra is from his old town, Baker laughed, saying how much quieter it is in the nation’s capital.
“Not as much going on as Sydney but I’m enjoying it a lot and it’s a great opportunity,” he said.
With a few former teammates from Sydney also making the move to Canberra – and also already knowing some of the Demons players from state football – has made the move easier for Baker.
He is excited to be apart of the Demons journey and is keen to make his mark on the team and the NEAFL.
“We’re quite a young side but I think we’re doing all the right things,” he said.
“It’ll take bit of time to gel as a group because there’s a lot of new faces but I think from what I can see from the practice games, we’re going pretty well.
“We’re all just excited to play a NEAFL team.”
Watch Baker with the Demons when they play their season opener against Southport on Good Friday at Queanbeyan Oval.
The match will be streamed live on NEAFL TV.