Quade Cooper has decided to quit Australian rugby
QUEENSLAND Reds coach Ewen McKenzie yesterday said he would be disappointed if reports star playmaker Quade Cooper was set to leave the game proved to be true.
McKenzie admitted much of the team's planning for the next Super Rugby season had been based around Cooper lining up in the No.10 jersey.
The 24-year-old signed a three-year contract with the Reds in June, but will be unable to play for the Queensland side unless he also signs a contract with the ARU.
And after reportedly just being offered match payments, he has threatened to switch codes and also take up boxing like his good friend Sonny Bill Williams.
Cooper is on two weeks leave from the Reds and McKenzie said he hadn't had the chance to discuss the latest developments with the troubled star.
"I haven't spoken to him. The negotiations are with the ARU so we're not involved with that," McKenzie said.
"The frustration has been that we came to terms with Quade back in June. We've obviously made plans for next year around that ... if that changes I'll be disappointed."
McKenzie said despite Cooper's checkered past, he had plenty to offer the game.
"Our rugby kids need heroes, and Quade is one of them," McKenzie said."He's got a lot of value on and off the field."