Canberra has produced its second Tribal Sport NEAFL Rising Star nominee of the season after midfielder Angus Baker’s impressive performance against Redland.
The 19-year-old collected 24 disposals, six inside 50s and a goal as the Demons triumphed over Redland by 83 points at Scottsdale Park on Saturday.
A former member of the Sydney Swans Academy, Baker was playing just his third game back from an ACL injury, which put the young gun out of action for 12 months.
Growing up on Sydney’s north shore, Baker came through the Willoughby and Mosman junior clubs and was selected in the 2016 National Under-18 Allies squad.
He was then selected in the Swans’ Under-19 Academy last year before tearing his ACL in a pre-season practice match.
Baker joined Canberra this season and is the second Rising Star nominee for the club after Mitch Maguire in Round 1.
Speaking ahead of the 2018 season, Baker said he was thrilled to back on to the field.
“It’s taken a bit of time to get back into things because of the knee but I’m settling in here (Canberra) nicely and trying to get back on track now,” he told neafl.com.au.
“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.”
The Tribal Sport NEAFL Rising Star is awarded to the most promising young talent in the NEAFL competition.
Nominees must be under the age of 21 and played less than 20 senior games (excluding games as AFL Academy players) at the start of the 2018 season.
Article courtesy of NEAFL Media