Quade Cooper was once the golden boy of Australian rugby and part of the devastating championship-winning Reds backline, where he formed a deadly partnership with Will Genia.
Now, the mercurial fly-half has been given the boot from his franchise by Brad Thorn, who told Cooper he was no longer part of his plans at the end of last season and the former Wallaby is now playing club rugby for the Souths in Brisbane.
It is some fall from grace for the star that was playing for Australia only last June.
It seems that the playmaking Australian may finally have reached the end of the road in terms of his Super Rugby playing days, but having played abroad before with Toulon, Europe could be a seriously intriguing option for Cooper.
Sale Sharks were reportedly interested in the 29-year-old earlier in the season and a chance to link up with fellow former Red James O’Connor may be an enticing aspect of coming to England.
The Premiership, though, may not suit the typical strengths of Cooper. His attacking eye and speed over the ground may not be enough to make him a strong option as there are still considerable question marks over his defence.
Besides a move to England, the other option may be a stint in Japan, which has seen some talent pass through its league in recent years, including England flanker James Haskell and a number of Australians who are still out there.
Berrick Barnes, Wycliff Palu, George Smith, David Pocock and Mark Gerrard are all still playing for sides in the Top League.
It would be a shame to see such a talent like Cooper stuck in Brisbane playing lower level rugby. Hopefully the move to Sale is on the cards as a player of his ability with ball in hand could give the Sharks that much-needed spark that has been absent since the departure of Danny Cipriani.
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