Myles Baker to hang up George Town Boots

FAMILY AFFAIR: Retiring George Town great Myles Baker (centre) with his sons Dylan, Caleb and Shane before they played together earlier this season. Picture: Supplied
FAMILY AFFAIR: Retiring George Town great Myles Baker (centre) with his sons Dylan, Caleb and Shane before they played together earlier this season. Picture: Supplied

After 22 years and more than 400 games of senior football, George Town stalwart Myles Baker is calling it quits.

“You’ve got to know when enough’s enough,” Baker said leading into his final match for the Saints against Longford on Saturday. 

Baker, 40, played his first match for the club in 1995 under the tutelage of Dale Crane and he has taken on many roles since.

Baker is the club’s reserves coach, major sponsor, former junior president and mentor, reserves captain, 2008 seniors premiership player and multiple best and fairest.

All of which earned him life membership in 2014, a year after he stepped in halfway through the season as senior coach. But the highlight of his journey came this year when he played with two of his three sons Dylan and Shane.

“I’ve played mainly through the middle in reserves and on the bench in the seniors,” Baker said.

“I probably played 350 club games and 80 in the NEFU and I’ll still be involved somewhere along the line.

“You can’t do it without your family and I’d like to thank Kelly (partner) who has washed my boots every week, washes the jumpers... and thank you to all the other clubs I have played against.

“I’ve been known to need a box of tissues for being a bit emotional.” Teammate Ricky Cooke said Baker was a passionate and loyal servant.

“He is a very well-liked person off the field and certainly respected on it,” Cooke said. “When the club has been at probably its lowest point he has been one of the first people to do anything to try and fix it.”