NRL clubs go cold on Cooper

2012-05-31 12:25

Cape Town - Reds coach Ewen McKenzie isn't expecting another circus to develop over Quade Cooper's future - possibly due to rugby league's distinct lack of interest in the star playmaker.
According to the website, Cooper was offered around $2 million over three years to join Parramatta in 2011, but rejected the offer to stay in rugby and play in last year's Rugby World Cup.

But the flyhalf's poor tournament, which ended with a serious knee injury in the third/fourth playoff match against Wales, saw NRL clubs quickly lose interest.

If there was to again be interest in Cooper, the 24-year-old would have to take a dramatic pay cut to switch codes.

But McKenzie expects Cooper to end speculation by re-signing with the Reds in the coming weeks.

"I've spoken to Quade about staying in rugby and I'm pretty confident that's what he's going to be doing," McKenzie said on Wednesday.