Cooper leaving after Reds end talks

Date published: June 21 2015

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Quade Cooper's future will not be with the Queensland Reds, after the Super Rugby franchise ended negotiations on a new deal.

Reports in the Australian media claim that talks have ended between the fly-half and the team.

Cooper was photographed in a Toulon shirt earlier this season alongside the club's owner Mourad Boudjellal, who claimed he had signed a contract with the European champions.

However the Reds worked on an offer to keep Cooper in Queensland, although Sunday's report indicates that those talks have been unsuccessful.

"QRU has been flexible in its attempts to retain Quade, offering significant remuneration and being understanding of his boxing ambitions and supportive in relation to the possibility of sabbatical options," Reds boss Jim Carmichael told AAP.

"We have come to the difficult decision that the investment we have made previously and were prepared to continue to make has not been recognised, particularly when taking into account our commitment to him over a very long period of time.

"As a consequence, we are no longer prepared to be involved in any further discussions as this will leave the organisation further exposed.

"It goes without saying that Quade leaves us with our gratitude for his time with the Reds and has only our best wishes and thanks as he enters a new chapter in his career."

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