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The McGovern conundrum: Barrass' dilemma

Rhys Dickinson  May 15, 2018 12:50 PM

Tom Barrass hopes to have Jeremy McGovern back on board this week ... or does he?

Tom Barrass hopes to have Jeremy McGovern back on board this week ... or does he?

Tom Barrass says he has mixed feelings about welcoming dual all-Australian Jeremy McGovern back into the West Coast Eagles line-up to face Richmond on Sunday.

The developing backman told 6PR’s Sportsday WA team that it would be fantastic to have McGovern in the defensive arc to stifle the Tigers’ attacking raids but joked that the Albany product’s return would probably demote him to a “poo-kicker” role.

Barrass was arguably West Coast’s best on ground against Greater Western Sydney on Saturday.

The 22-year-old collected 15 disposals, 11 marks (four contested) and effected nine one percenters against the Giants at Spotless Stadium.

“It was nice not to have Gov in the side – I’ve been trying to get rid of him,” Barrass joked.

“Your role changes a little bit with Gov out. He is the main man back there and sometimes my role is a little bit of a poo-kicker so to speak; holding the best forward down and doing my best at that.

“It was a bit nice to play with a bit more freedom.”

All jokes aside, Barrass said there was a good vibe around the club and that a squad mentality was driving the club in 2018.

He said the team was working towards a collective goal as a unit.

“We’re sort of having a culture at the minute that it’s not so much about the personnel it’s more about the team,” Barrass revealed.

“If you are selected to come in and play for the side you are expected to play your role and everyone in the side, including the coaches, has a lot of faith that that’s going to happen.

“There’s been some really good talent on display from the young and a bit older in Brendon Ah Chee, so it’s good to blood a few boys and get ‘Arch’ showing his moves out on the big dance floor.”

Although the Eagles were yet to turn their attention to Sunday’s clash with the reigning premiers at the time of his chat with the radio team, Barrass said was looking forward to the challenge of trying to shut down the most dangerous forward line in the competition.

“We haven’t jumped on to Richmond just yet. Probably a bit later in the week we will start looking at what they want to do and the tactical side of things,” he said.

“We will put some time in and give it our best crack. It should be a good game.”