Dual Richmond premiership player Liam Baker says he is still hungry for more success, as the Tigers begin their quest to win a third straight flag tonight in round one at of the new AFL season at the MCG. Hailing from Pingaring, Baker is itching to get back and play in front of his home Tigers fans in the season opener of the 2021 AFL premiership season against Carlton. COVID had an impact on last year’s competition and teams spent long periods in hubs and travelling away from home. Baker has risen from the rookie list to a regular in the Tigers team where he has helped them win back-to-back premierships. The 23-year-old WA product has found his feet in the premiers’ backline playing 20 of a possible 21 games last season and finishing sixth in their fairest and best. The Tigers will run out in front of 50,000 fans tonight, the biggest crowd at a sporting event since March last year when the COVID pandemic hit. Charismatic Baker said he was like a kid at Christmas waiting for the footy to return. “I’m pretty excited for tonight’s game,” he said. “Fingers crossed we get a full season away as normal and have a good year in Melbourne. I’m feeling good and the body is good. “I think it might take a bit to adjust to the longer games but running is one of my strengths so it was exciting to see the way the ball was moving in the pre-season and you get to spend longer minutes on the field which I love.” Baker said despite a shorter pre-season than normal, he was confident of taking his game to another level. “It’s a bit unclear where we are at the moment because pre-season is different to the normal season,” he said. “I couldn’t ever dream of being in the position I am in, a dual premiership player. “My role will be the same as last year, part of a really settled back six or seven. “I will look to go out there and play my role, be more confident and give more impact to the team. “It all starts again now, we’ve still got to win games early on because we want to defend our title.” Baker spent much of the off-season in WA and on his family farm in Pingaring and also watched his sister Julia get married before returning to Melbourne.