HE’S spent the past few years running around in an all-blue jersey but it’s hard to believe Glenn Baker wasn’t always destined for a return to the Queanbeyan Kangaroos fold.
A Kangaroos junior, Baker switched allegiance to cross-town rivals the Queanbeyan Blues in the under-14s when the Roos were unable to field a team in the age group.
But with a family connection to Freebody Oval that runs deep, it was perhaps only a matter of time before the 24-year-old found himself back in a maroon and white strip.
“My family has always been pretty involved with the Roos,” Baker said. “My dad played his whole career here and I’ve got four uncles as well who all played for the club.
“I’ve had my dad in my ear for the last couple of years about moving back over…I’m pretty sure I made his day when I signed for them.”
Baker rejoined the Kangaroos this season and has since cemented his spot in the backline for the reigning champions having scored three tries in five appearances.
Along with his father’s persistence, Baker pointed to the opportunity of playing under former NRL representative and two-time premiership winning captain/coach Aaron Gorrell as further motivation for the change in scenery.
“Goz was probably the biggest factor in making the switch,” Baker said. “I just felt like I’d be able to play my best footy under him.”
The speedy winger will be looking to add to his try scoring tally this Sunday when the Kangaroos take on the last-placed West Belconnen Warriors at the West Belconnen Leagues Club.
The two sides will head into the match on the back of contrasting fortunes with the Warriors still searching for their first win this year.
The Kangaroos meanwhile, are yet to drop a game and are backing up from a comfortable 46-20 victory over the previously unbeaten Yass Magpies at Freebody Oval.
Canberra Raiders Cup, round 7
Who: Queanbeyan Kangaroos v West Belconnen Warriors
Where: West Belconnen Leagues Club
When: Sunday, 3pm