Garry Lyon or Chris Grant to present 2021 AFL premiership cup
- Melbourne legend Lyon given honour at Optus Stadium
- Bulldogs champion Chris Grant also standing by in Perth
Melbourne legend Garry Lyon will hand over the AFL premiership cup to skipper Max Gawn if the Demons break their 57-year flag drought.
The former Melbourne captain turned media identity has been chosen to present the cup should the Demons defeat the Western Bulldogs in AFL grand final on September 25.
Former Bulldogs champion Chris Grant, who is now the club’s football department boss, has been selected if Luke Beveridge’s team prevail at Optus Stadium.
Lyon served two weeks in quarantine after arriving in Perth from Victoria, knowing Melbourne were a strong chance of playing off in the decider.
He will be working in his role as a commentator for SEN and Fox Footy but Lyon’s Demons allegiance will be on full display should Melbourne win their first flag since 1964.
Lyon played 226 games and kicked 426 goals for Melbourne in between 1986 and 1999.
Grant sits second for most games played in Bulldogs history with 341, only behind Brad Johnson’s 364.
He is in the club’s hall-of-fame and was twice awarded the Charles Sutton medal as the Bulldogs’ best and fairest player.
Grant was a member of the Bulldogs’ staff when they broke through for their first premiership in 62 years back in 2016 with a memorable grand final victory over the Sydney Swans.