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Baker does his job

Baker jumper presentation Richmond premiership player and coach, Tony Jewell, presents Liam Baker with his number 48 guernsey ahead of his debut game against Collingwood.

It was a dream come true for rookie Tiger Liam Baker . . . a senior league debut against Collingwood at the MCG in front of more than 88,000 fans, and a Richmond win.

After being overlooked in the 2016 AFL draft, the determined, talented, midfielder/small forward from Western Australia, had extra reason to celebrate his first appearance at the game’s highest level.

And the industrious 20-year-old certainly didn’t look out of place on footy’s biggest stage, finishing the match with a dozen disposals, five score involvements and two behinds.

Star Richmond key forward and co-vice-captain Jack Riewoldt pumped up Baker during a post-match interview on ‘Fox Footy’ . . .

“He’s a great story of a kid from Lake Grace. We’re calling him the second best thing to come out of Lake Grace after Nat Fyfe,” Riewoldt said.

“Thought he really held his own today . . .

“It’s always good your first time you have a win.

"It’s a really special moment for him, and a special moment for some of us old guys. It makes us reminisce on what our first win was like.”