The former Hawk would have wiped 2015 from the memory bank already after a nightmare season of soft-tissue injuries saw him play just nine games. Calf and hamstring problems kept the speedy midfielder to just three games after round nine – which was his 150th senior game – and his absence robbed the Swans of one of their most influential runners. Returned for the side’s two finals and kept the dangerous Brent Harvey quiet in the semi-final loss to North Melbourne. McGlynn will be like a recruit if he can get his body right this year.
Scotland were defeated 3–0 in Amsterdam by the Netherlands, but then recovered by beating Iceland 2–1 at home. The team lost 4–0 to Norway in their next match, putting Burley's bid to take Scotland to the World Cup for the first time since 1998 in jeopardy.  Qualification to the play-offs remained in Scotland's hands, with the team needing to win the two remaining fixtures to be guaranteed second place. Scottish FA chief Gordon Smith moved to confirm that Burley's position was not under threat, but said that much depended on the final two matches.