Tom was selected at pick number 43 by the West Coast Eagles in the 2013 NAB AFL Draft. Tom is a product of the Claremont Football Club in the WAFL, who was drafted predominately as a key-position defender. As a junior, Barrass played for Western Australia in the NAB Championships where he displayed great maturity and poise as a big athlete. His ability to read the ball, intercept marks and penetrate kicks on his preferred left-side makes him a great utility. His defensive mind-set is very commendable however so too is his ability to take the game on with his attacking capabilities in the air and by foot. In 2014, Tom played 14 games for the reserves where he had 171 disposals and took 63 marks.
Tom began his senior journey with the Eagles in the 2015 season where he played 3 games. At 95kg and only 20 years of age, Tom displayed great physical and mental maturity when playing at the highest level. However it was his 2016 season that launched his exciting campaign. After playing 10 games in the 2016 season, Barrass had accumulated a NAB AFL Rising Star nomination whilst also collecting the club’s Rookie of The Year award. Tom finished his season with 10 marks against Adelaide in Round 23.
Tom displayed further progress in his 2017 campaign, showcasing both his defensive capability as well as a further grown confidence to take the game on. His desire to attack the ball in the air and challenge his forward opponents has identified him as not only a lock-down defender but also a player with the ability to effectively rebound. Tom played 19 games for the year, proving to be an important starter in the Eagles’ defensive make-up. Tom will look to further impose himself on the competition in 2018.