Baker set to train with Essendon

Former Canberra Demon and Mulrooney Medalist Angus Baker has been invited to train with Essendon ahead of the AFL’s Supplementary Selection Period.

Essendon are looking to fill vacant list spots ahead of the 2021 season, with Baker set to train alongside former West Coast Eagles midfielder Alec Waterman.

All 18 clubs have already reached their minimum quote of 37 listed players but two spots remain open for Essendon along with the possibility of a third by moving Irving Mosquito onto the long-term injury list after his ACL injury in 2020.

Baker looms as a key defensive option for Essendon, with the 2019 NEAFL Rising Star previously training with the Sydney Swans and drawing interest from the GIANTS last year.

Speaking to The Age, Baker’s manager Kif Chowdhury said “a number of clubs” have expressed interest in the 22-year-old.

“He was obviously very unlucky to miss out at the draft in 2019,” he said.

“Last year he decided to stay in Canberra to finish his tertiary studies, before COVID-19 ended the NEAFL season.

“He managed to win AFL Canberra’s Mulrooney Medal playing for Eastlake, so we’re hopeful he’ll get an opportunity to showcase his talent.”

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