As the wait goes on for a decision over the club's future, McLaren has returned to Scotland for family reasons but hopes to maintain strong links with Fury - possibly as an overseas scout for the men in green.

However, should the worst case scenario occur then he believes it will be a decision which will be felt well beyond Townsville.

Speaking to the Townsville Bulletin, he said: "I'll definitely shed a tear (if the Fury fold), because I know the impact that will have on the game in this country.

"And if (Football Federation Australia) think that's not the case, they're mistaken this is going to impact all of Australia."