Quade Cooper has been linked with a Toulon exit.
Earlier this month we reported that after a difficult first season at the Stade Mayol, Toulon were going to release Quade Cooper this summer.
Of course, The prospect of such an ignominious end to Cooper’s short stay at Toulon had been hinted at since the three time European Champions announced the capture of of François Trinh-Duc late last year.
Nevertheless, given Frédéric Michalak’s decision to join Lyon next season, many expected to see Cooper remain at Toulon for at least another year.
However, Cooper’s poor form seems to have forced the hand of Mourad Boudjellal, leaving the 58 times capped Wallaby international without a club for next season.
Indeed, according to the The Telegraph, Cooper’s representatives had been sounding out interest from various Premiership clubs over recent weeks, but to no avail.
Although the Waratahs were rumoured to be interested in the playmaker, coach Daryl Gibson, quickly dismissed such speculation, telling the Australia’s Daily Telegraph that they had no interest in the player what so ever.
We are not really in the market for Quade’s skill set as such.
Bernard is our no. 1 ten here, so for us it would be more a second receiver with ball running as well. I am confident we can fill that within the squad or within Australia.
This then leaves the Queensland Reds, who Daily Telegraph claimed were’deep in talks’ with Cooper earlier this month. Those links have only been strengthened, after the Courier Mail reported that the Reds have made a ‘formative approach’ for the player.
If such a deal was to happen, the Reds and Toulon would effectively by trading Ayumu Goromaru for Cooper, after Toulon announced the capture of the Japanese international earlier this week.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena
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