Dual premiership Tiger Liam Baker has committed to Richmond, inking a new two-year deal to remain at the Swinburne Centre.
A fan favorite for his tenacity and ability to impact games at crucial moments- Baker’s signature will be welcome news for the Tiger Army.
The 24-year-old has become a vital member of the Richmond line-up with his ability to play all around the ground giving the Club’s coaches great flexibility.
Baker was drafted to Richmond as a 19-year-old rookie via the WAFL (Subiaco) prior to the 2018 AFL season, having missed out on the National Draft for two consecutive years.
The West Australian had a small taste of senior football in his debut season before cementing his spot in 2019 and becoming a premiership player in just his 22nd AFL game.
Baker quickly became one of the Club’s most consistent performers during the 2020 premiership campaign, as highlighted by his 6th place finish in that year’s Jack Dyer Medal.
The West Australian was then runner-up to Dylan Grimes in last year’s award and has continued on his stellar form as a leader within the team in 2022.
Baker was best on the ground in the eyes of the senior coaches on three occasions between Rounds 10 and 15, polling the most votes in AFLCA’s Champion Player Award.
Richmond General Manager- Football Talent, Blair Hartley, said Baker’s signature was exciting news for the Club.
“Liam is an important player for us both on and off the field,” he said.
“He is very popular among players, staff, and coaches, an excellent contributor to our culture, and an important part of our future.
“Liam has worked extremely hard since coming to the Club as a rookie selection from Western Australia and has been rewarded with individual and team success.
“We look forward to watching Liam continue to grow as a footballer, leader, and person across the next two years and beyond.”