Well, welcome to All Quade Cooper, All the Time.
The decision by the Queensland Reds and new Coach Brad Thorn has certainly provided for some lively discussion.
Quade Cooper is too good to be lost to the game says Wallabies star Kurtley Beale.
Reds teammate James “Fetch Me My” Slipper is of the opinion that Cooper will be swamped with offers from overseas, which makes sense, as none of the other Super Rugby League sides or those of the National Rugby League seem to have any interest in the enigmatic, play-making Cooper.
Cooper still has two years on his contract with the Reds and the Reds obviously hope Cooper can find another club to foot the bill, but surprisingly, to us at least, no one seems to have anything other than a casual interest in the 29-year-old New Zealander.
Cooper himself seems to be in no hurry to secure his future fate and may be reluctant to expose himself to the climate of Northern Hemisphere rugby. It is a case of been-there-done that. Japan has been mentioned, but to some of us, retirement would seem a better option than Japan.
“As a mate, I’d like him to stay in Australian rugby. His quality’s just too good,” Beale told reporters on Wednesday.
Slipper would also like to see Cooper stay in Australia. “He’s earned the right to do whatever he wants, really,” Slipper said. “I don’t think he’ll let people know for a while. I don’t think he has to either.
Considering the effort and the expense the Reds put forth to bring Cooper back from Europe barely a year has gone by before Cooper found himself on the outer.
We will see what develops when it develops, but Cooper would not be the first veteran with the credentials he possesses to find out that his services are inexplicably no longer needed.