Dublin star Niamh McEvoy says she can't wait to get back to action with her club and county following her stint in the AFLW Premiership.
The St Sylvester's forward played Down Under for Melbourne alongside Blues colleague Sinead Goldrick, but the pair were sent home by the club in March following the outbreak of Covid-19.
This was despite the fact that The Demons had reached the finals series for the first time in their history, and were preparing to take on Greater Western Sydney in the semi-finals.
They would go on to win that game, but the season was eventually cancelled due to the escalation of the coronavirus situation at the end of March.
McEvoy says she was always ultimately committed to coming back to Ireland this year, and that this week's news of a return roadmap was welcome.
"There's been a lot of uncertainty recently about the GAA Championship," McEvoy said on The Sunday Game.
"Before I went to Australia I'd committed to playing a ladies football season. It (the roadmap) is fab news.
"When I originally got home we were still in the early phases of the restrictions, so I thought it might just be two weeks to have some downtime.
"But this is the first time I've seen Sinead since I was home, so this is lovely. I'm dying to get back and see the girls. They were so supportive of us going over to Melbourne."
The pair got on well in Australia, with Melbourne manager Daniel McPherson admitting at the time of the players' departure that he'd welcome them back for 2021.
And while that decision is a while away yet, Ahern praised the club for their quick response to the unfolding events.
"Our club decided to send us home because they were afraid," added the Foxrock/Cabinteely back.
"They were looking out for us as players, which is one of the reasons we are so grateful to them. They sent us home and they could have kept us.
"We wouldn't have been in that position without Dublin, and the experience that we from our home club teams, and the support that the Dublin management and players gave us."
The Dubs duo weren't the only Irish players giving the AFLW Premiership a go during the winter months, with the likes of Mairéad Seoighe, Cora Staunton and Orla O'Dwyer also involved.
And while McEvoy admits that she made some "trademark Irish mistakes" in playing a new code, she says the whole experience was a positive one.
"They were a lot of cross-coders over there from basketball and stuff," she continued.
"But they were Australian. So they would have grown-up watching the sport, so they would have known the rules.
"The rules were a bit of an issue for a while.
"I think we were just getting to grips with it when the current situation with Covid happened, but it was a great experience."