BOOST: Cameron Baker's mid-season return added an extra dimension to Hervey Bay Bombers as they claimed the minor premiership.
BOOST: Cameron Baker's mid-season return added an extra dimension to Hervey Bay Bombers as they claimed the minor premiership. Alistair Brightman

Baker's mid-season return a big boost for the Bombers

AUSSIE RULES: There's no place like home for Cameron Baker.

A former captain of the Hervey Bay Bombers, Baker returned to his beloved black and reds midway through the AFL Wide Bay season.

His impact was instantaneous.

Baker's name is regularly dropped in post-game interviews with Bombers coach Darren Hunter, particularly when asked for his best on field, and the minor premiers appear to gain an extra edge when he is on field.

Baker left the Bombers to join the navy, and spent half a year playing Aussie rules in Victoria. He spent another half in Mackay, but nothing matched the Bombers' brotherhood.

"There's a good feeling around the club but I couldn't wait to come back," Baker, who switches between centre half-back and full-back, said.

"I've only had a handful of games but I've played under Hunter a few times before so it's a little bit familiar."

Baker's first game back in the AFL Wide Bay was a triumph against Bay Power, and the 29-year-old hopes for a repeat of that result when the local rivals meet in today's preliminary final at Brothers AFL Complex.

"(Bay Power) is an awesome side - that game at Keith Dunne Oval was my first one back. I thought they played pretty well but it'd be massive for us to play a grand final at home."