Quade Cooper has today officially announced via social media that his time with French club Toulon has come to an end.
au revoir Merci pour tout.. Mes frères et la famille que j’ai désormais à Toulon vont me manquer.. à bientôt ?⚫️ pic.twitter.com/d5WfLeaLZZ
— Quade Cooper (@QuadeCooper) July 12, 2016
After we had reported initial rumours that Cooper’s time in the south of France seemed uncertain with Cooper likely to leave after only one season at the club, such events have now come to pass.
Having failed in his attempt to make the Australian sevens squad in time for this summers Rio Olympics and with current club Toulon’s recent signings at out-half with the recruitment of Francois Trinh-Duc and Pierre Bernard, Cooper’s immediate playing future seemed uncertain.
The playmaker’s inconsistent form, allied to the uncertainty surrounding Toulon’s adherence to the Top 14’s new salary cap regulations, increased the likelihood of Cooper suffering ignominious exit from the three time European Champions.
Indeed, after Mourad Boudjellal publicly criticised Cooper’s performances in the media, doubt was cast over the fly half’s future at the Stade Mayol.
Furthermore, when the colourful owner of Toulon let it be known in La Provence that Cooper had until the end of the season to prove himself, the writing looked to be on the wall for the 58 times capped Australian international.
He [Cooper] will decide his future through his performances on the field. If he shines, the optional second year [in his contract] will be activated.
Nevertheless, given Frédéric Michalak’s decision to join Lyon next season, many expected to see Cooper remain at Toulon for at least another season.
It seems now that the 58-timed capped Wallaby is on the verge of a return to former club the Queensland Red if media speculation is anything to go by.
Queenland could badly do with Cooper’s return, as while current number 10 Jack McIntyre has shown glimpses of potential, he fails to deliver consistently in Super Rugby. Queensland rugby executive general manager Daniel Herbert has stated that he would love for Cooper to return to the Reds and that he has always been a big fan of the 28-year-old fly-half:
“There’s always room for quality, isn’t there? There’s room (for Cooper). The desire is there. We don’t like to comment until things have solidified but yes, there’s room,” Herbert said.
“I’m an unashamed fan of Quade and have been for a long time. He gets unfairly tarnished at times. He’s done a lot for Queensland rugby and he’s played more than 100 games. If he wanted to come back, we’d welcome him.”
(source via smh.com.au)