“I have been excited to get back. As much as Perth has been great and the support that we have been given in Perth has been great, I have been dying to get back to Melbourne, although I probably can’t see anybody,” Gawn said.
“I can make my home, see family, and, hopefully, in due course I will be able to show the cup around to some people that really want to see it.”
Gawn said the premiership was special but the pandemic had meant his childhood dream wasn’t quite reached.
“There are a couple of things when I was growing up as a kid … was a bit different. Obviously, it was at the MCG. Obviously, it is usually a day grand final, so those things were different, and I would have loved to have seen some family, friends along with supporters when you are doing the lap with the cup,” he said.
“I would have loved to run into someone who has supported the clubs for 50 years on the sidelines, like (former captain) David Neitz sitting there, or my wife (Jessica) during some point of that lap of honour. Everything else was pure bliss.”
The Demons hope the expected easing of pandemic restrictions will allow them to celebrate with fans at the MCG before Christmas.
“It was a really good day on Sunday when we went down to the mall (in Perth) and we were able to show the cup off to the supporters that were there but our team name is the name of the city, this is the city we are from, and I am excited to be back, even though I can’t see anybody, I feel like everyone knows now the cup is home,” Gawn said.
“Then, obviously, when we are allowed to, we will do something.”
This was a different homecoming. As the players made their way off the plane, the club song blared but fans were not allowed into the terminal because of pandemic protocols. Gawn even joked he had been away so long – the Demons have been on the road for six weeks – that his wife may have already given birth.