Australian Rugby
Cooper considers shock NRL switch
August 13, 2010

Wallabies star Quade Cooper has opened the door on a potential switch to rugby league at the end of this season, a move that would rule him out of next year's World Cup.

The 22-year-old fly-half is out of contract at the end of 2010 and News Ltd reports claim Cooper has held secret negotiations with the NRL's Parramatta Eels. Cooper's manager Richard Colreavy reportedly met with Eels CEO Paul Osborne to discuss Cooper's future, and talks are ongoing.

But it is believed a defection is unlikely and that Cooper is simply trying to drive up the value of his new ARU deal, who are set to offer their key playmaker a two-year top up contract on top of Cooper's Queensland Reds pay packet.

Cooper turned down a lucrative move to Super 15 franchise Western Force to remain at the Reds where he can combine with Australia team-mate Will Genia in the lead up to the World Cup in New Zealand.

He said he would consider any offer to make the transition to rugby league.

"I can't say too much. I enjoy watching the NRL and wouldn't rule it out," he said. "Right now, I'm playing rugby, that's my focus. I don't know what's going on there [negotiations with the Eels]. It's been a tough two weeks for me being suspended, so I just want to get back on the field.

"It's too much to be thinking about being a dual international but any footballer who has the opportunity to do it would think about it. I'm concentrating on playing for the Wallabies and I'm looking forward to the next few weeks in South Africa."


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