Exiled Quade Cooper Closing In On Deal With New Club
Quade Cooper looks set to end his nightmare at the Queensland Reds under Brad Thorn, with the Australian international closing in on a deal with the Melbourne Rebels.
Cooper has been playing club rugby with the Souths in Australia this season, but RUGBY.com.au are reporting that the veteran Wallaby playmaker and his management have been in talks with the Rebels for two months and “there is confidence a deal can be done in coming weeks.”
A move to the rebels would see him reunite with former Reds and Wallabies teammate Will Genia. The pair formed a devastating partnership in Queensland, lifting the Super Rugby title back in 2011.
Head coach Dave Wessells is said to be keen on signing up Cooper, with the Rebels light at ten ahead of next season. While they have signed Matt Toomua for 2019 – he will not return to Australia until the back end of next season.
Genia told RUGBY.com.au this week that Cooper is the missing piece in the puzzle to take Melbourne to the finals.
“He’s a world class player,” Genia said.
“To have someone like that in the playmaking role at the Rebels would be huge.
“That’s probably our biggest missing piece.
The report also reveals that Japanese Super Rugby franchise the Sunwolves have been in contact with Cooper about a move.