Reds boss determine to offload Cooper

Wed, 09 May 2018 09:32

TRANSFER NEWS: Reds head coach Brad Thorn revealed he wouldn't prevent Quade Cooper from heading to another Super Rugby franchise.

The Brumbies and the Melbourne Rebels have expressed interest in discarded Reds flyhalf Cooper.

Cooper turned down their advances, preferring to stay in Brisbane and make his way back into the picture at the Queensland Reds. But, that appears to be a long shot, with Reds coach Brad Thorn turning to young flyhalf Hamish Stewart when regular starter Jono Lance was injured.

"If there was an opportunity for Quade at another Super Rugby club, we wouldn’t stand in his way,” Thorn said to FoxSports in a one-line statement.

Brumbies coach Dan McKellar confirmed they are interested, with halfback Joe Powell also expressing a desire to have the Wallaby join the squad.

"He’s a guy with a lot of experience and he would teach the younger guys a lot of things," Powell said.

"We’d be happy to have him if he was to come,"

"He’d love to be playing footy at the higher level as well," he said.

"If we could get him down to Canberra – I’m not sure he would like the weather too much – but it would be good to see him playing at a higher level again,"

The international flyhalf has been working hard at club level for Souths, determined to fight back into the Reds squad stating he will "not give up" on his goal.

"Work hard for what you want.. even when it appears there is no way, there is always a way .. persist and be patient.. grateful to be representing @SouthsRugby on this journey back to the Reds & Wallabies.. I will not give up,” Cooper tweeted.

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