Quade Cooper’s short stay at Toulon maybe coming to an end.
When Toulon announced the signing of François Trinh-Duc late last year, we reported on the the initial rumours suggesting Quade Cooper was set to be released by the French giants after only one season.
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.
However, it now looks as if Cooper will make a return to the Queensland Reds, after the Australian Daily Telegraph reported that he was ‘deep in talks’ with the Super Rugby Franchise.
The story was then given further weight, after Cooper refused to deny such speculation on ESPN’s website.
Going into the future, I don’t have a crystal ball that I can predict what’s going to happen in the future, but I would love to continue on and also play some good football and enjoy it.
Although nothing has yet been confirmed, after being dropped from the Australian sevens squad, suffering an early Toulon exit will do little for Cooper’s standing in the game.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena
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