Former Sydney Swans Academy player Angus Baker will train with Essendon ahead of the 2021 season, with the Bombers looking to fill their remaining two list spots.
According to The Age’s Daniel Cherny, the Canberra product will train under Ben Rutten in the pre-season in hope of landing an AFL position.
Baker, 22, already has a decorated trophy cabinet after winning the NEAFL Rising Star Award in 2019 and the 2020 Mulrooney Medal as the best player of in AFL Canberra.
— NEAFL (@neaflofficial) April 9, 2019
Greater Western Sydney are understood to have shown interest in the 191cm defender in the past, with Baker’s manager Kif Chowdhury revealing to The Age that several AFL sides have kept tabs on the exciting product.
“A number of clubs have expressed an interest in Angus over the last couple of years,” Chowdhury said.
“He was obviously very unlucky to miss out at the draft in 2019. Last year he decided to stay in Canberra to finish his tertiary studies, before COVID-19 ended the NEAFL season.
“He still managed to win the AFL Canberra league best and fairest playing for the Eastlake Demons. He’s only 22 years old with plenty to offer to an AFL club, we’re hopeful he’ll get an opportunity to showcase his talent in the near future.”
The Bombers will be able to select Baker via the pre-season supplemental selection period until March 9, or opt for the mid-season rookie draft on June 2.