Experienced Premier League defender Phil Baker joins non-league Warrington Town
— Wales (@FAWales) November 8, 2016
Following his departure from The New Saints, defender Phil Baker has joined Evo-Stik Premier Division side Warrington Town.
The 34 year-old won the Welsh Premier League eight times during his twelve-year stay at Park Hall and featured on loan for Aberystwyth Town in the second-half of last season as he helped them stay in the Premier League.
But now it’s a different kind of adventure for Baker as he returns to the English non-league scene after featuring for Exeter City and Droylsden back in the day.
He made his debut last Saturday in Warrington’s 3-0 away victory over Coalville Town, where he made a brief fifteen minute cameo. He had been on trial during pre-season and had come up against former Premier League opposition in Airbus UK.
His individual performances earned him a place in the Team of the Season twice, starting in the 2006/20017 season and in the 2014/2015 season.
Back in 2016, Baker was awarded for his long outstanding contribution to The New Saints by being awarded the ‘Clubman of the Year’ award a the 2016 FAW Awards.
Overall, Baker made 346 appearances in his Welsh football career, where he scored twelve times and picked up three assists in the process.
He played against sides like Liverpool, Anderlecht, CSKA Sofia and Legia Warsaw, when featuring for The New Saints in Europe.
Baker’s last appearane for The New Saints came in a 6-4 victory over Bala Town on the final day of the Welsh Premier League season as he bid his farewells to the club he had such an emotional connection with.
(Featured Image: Brian Jones of The New Saints FC)