Cooper lauds 'improved' Reds set-up

    2017-01-11 12:00

    Cape Town - Quade Cooper says he is excited about his return to the Reds for this year's Super Rugby tournament.

    The Wallaby flyhalf is back in Queensland after a stint at French giants Toulon and is optimistic about what lies ahead as preparation for Super Rugby gets underway in full swing.

    Cooper was at odds with former coach Richard Graham, but says new man Nick Stiles has changed the atmosphere at the franchise.

    "The environment is probably the biggest change," Cooper told AAP.

    "There's a good vibe here, you walk into the locker room and automatically you can feel that culture; the boys are exuding confidence. That's the major thing with any sport. If you can feel that from the outside and you become absorbed in it, you feel right at home."

    Cooper is eager to start bedding down combinations with Queensland's vast array of attacking talent, including the likes of Wallaby Samu Kerevi, young guns Izaia Perese and Campbell Magnay and a fit-again Karmichael Hunt.

    He has also been impressed with winger Eto Nabuli.

    "He's got a wingspan of, it looks like about nine foot," Cooper said.

    "To have a guy like that out on the field with freakish pace, size, athleticism - and then you look across the whole board, all these guys who are fantastic athletes, makes me feel so confident coming into the season.

    "I've got everything to look forward to. I can't say enough (about) how excited I am, the goals I've set. For me, I'm going to push and give everything I've got to make sure I have a good season this year."

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