Season 2021 started how Barrass left off the previous year, with the hulking key defender commanding the last line of defence and showing why he is rated so highly at West Coast.

In the opening few matches, there were none better at the Eagles, but like so many others his year was soon impacted by injuries.

Copping a hit to the shoulder in the dying minutes of the round six Geelong shocker cost him two games, before a hamstring setback ruled him out for four matches in the back end of the campaign.

Inbetween, he still played some superb football, often against a tide of inside 50s, and quite clearly suffering from shoulder soreness at times.

It was a sign of how impressive his form was that despite missing six games he still finished eighth in John Worsfold Medal voting - the only member of the top 10 who didn't make at least 18 appearances. 

Not turning 26 for another 10 days, Barrass should be entering his prime next year – an exciting thought for Eagles fans – and he is set to play his 100th match with the club in round one.

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Best of 2021 - Barrass

The big defender had another great season in 2021, taking some huge grabs in important moments

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Standout performance: Shutting down the Suns

Faced with a huge challenge from the determined Suns, the Eagles needed their defenders to stand up and Barrass was imperious on the last line.

He was locked in a fascinating battle with emerging star Ben King, who kicked three goals but only one while directly opposed to the big Eagle, and Barrass took the honours with an all-around display.

Barrass also pulled down a career-best 13 marks, including three contested grabs and three intercepts, and had an equal personal record 22 disposals.

Season averages:

Disposals – 13.8

One percenters – 8.3

Contested defence one-on-ones – 3.4

Intercept marks – 2.9

Contested marks – 1.8