Steely resolve: Saints’ co-captain claims Trevor Barker award

St Kilda co-captain Jack Steele has capped a fine year, claiming his second Trevor Barker award in as many seasons, as the Saints eye a 2022 campaign when club bosses believe their premiership window opens.

Steele, the tough tagger-turned-attacking-midfielder who spent more time up forward late in the season, polled 234 votes in Friday night’s count, finishing 79 votes ahead of runner-up Jack Sinclair. Forward Tim Membrey finished third.

Jack Steele was the Saints’ standout in 2021.Credit:Getty Images

Steele, 25, averaged a career-high 29 disposals, 14 contested possessions, eight tackles and six clearances throughout a season in which the disappointing Saints managed 10 wins and failed to make the finals.

He had less than 25 disposals only four times for the season, while he had 30 possessions or more in 11 matches, including a season-high 37 disposals against Port Adelaide. He is one of 29 Saints to earn multiple Trevor Barker Awards, joining such greats as Robert Harvey, Tony Lockett, Nicky Winmar and Ian Stewart.

Steele joined Jarryn Geary as co-captain this year but could hold the position outright next year.

Coach Brett Ratten is off contract next season, at a time when president Andrew Bassat believes the Saints’ “genuine” premiership window will be open, ensuring the spotlight will be firmly on his club.

As the off-season reshuffle continues, the Saints have secured former Geelong star Corey Enright as an assistant coach. Enright, a triple premiership player, had been an assistant under Chris Scott, with the Cats also making changes after a heavy preliminary final defeat.

“I’m really looking forward to this next chapter with the St Kilda Football Club,” Enright said.

“I’m proud of what I learned throughout my time at the Cats and am thankful for all the opportunities they’ve given me. However, I’m looking forward to a new challenge.

“I believe the Saints have a really exciting young group and I can’t wait to get to work.”

Enright is the second recent appointment, joining head of high performance and conditioning, Nick Walsh. The Saints have turned their focus to development through the pre-season. and will look to secure a full-time head of development.

2021 Trevor Barker Award Top 10

Jack Steele (234 votes)

Jack Sinclair (155 votes)

Tim Membrey (136 votes)

Callum Wilkie (124 votes)

Brad Crouch (120 votes)

Bradley Hill (120 votes)

Seb Ross (117 votes)

Dougal Howard (112 votes)

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Jimmy Webster (105 votes)

Max King (101 votes)

Additional award winners

Jack Sinclair (Robert Harvey Best Clubman Award)

Jack Steele (Lenny Hayes Crest Player Award)

Max King (Best Emerging Player Award)

Jack Steele (Sainter of the Year)

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