Western Bulldogs recruit Oskar Baker is taking inspiration from his new teammates, as he eyes more senior opportunities in season 2023.

Crossing from Melbourne as an SSP signing, the 24-year-old was full of praise for his new skipper Marcus Bontempelli - commending his work ethic both on and off the field.

“He’s pretty impressive to watch. He’s obviously an elite professional – just the way he goes about it at training and even off-field as well, and how he prepares himself to be the best player he can be,” Baker told RSN on Friday morning.

“It’s no surprise he’s one of the best in the competition.

It’s been unbelievable to work with him so far - hopefully I can run out there with him in round one and the rest of the year.”

Baker enjoyed an impactful 2022 VFL campaign with Casey, but was unable to break into Melbourne’s senior side.

While he admits it was “definitely frustrating”, he’s using that experience to his advantage this upcoming campaign.

“I would’ve loved to play more AFL the last couple of years, but unfortunately that wasn’t to be.

“I probably had my strongest season last year and I didn’t play one AFL game, so I think that’ll hold me in pretty good stead, allow me to attack this preseason pretty solidly and have a really consistent year.

“Wing will probably be my most prominent position. I might have a couple of stints forward, but will probably be playing mostly wing.”

The Bulldogs will head off on a five-day preseason camp next week.