Quade Cooper has rejected a deal with a French club and instead decided to stay with the Queensland Reds and resurrect his Wallaby career after Aurstralian Rugby Union presented Cooper with a revised contract offer.
Cooper threatened to walk away from his national side two weeks ago after ARU offered him an incentives-only contract, something which is usually reserved for rookies. The move by ARU appeared to be further punishment for criticism of the Wallabies side Cooper published via his social media site.
Meanwhile, Cooper allegedly rejected a huge deal from a French rugby union side, one that would have made him one of the sport’s highest paid players, and will instead accept a revised offer from ARU to pay him around $800,000 next season. Cooper’s deal with the Reds is for three years, but based on the ARU’s two year cycle policy negotiations will begin in 2014.
Queensland Rugby Union boss Jim Carmichael told the media that Cooper had decided to remain at home despite the offer not matching the one from France, but also said that hadn’t been a negotiating factor.
"It wasn't until after Quade had reached an agreement in principle to continue in Australia that I was made aware of the French offer," Carmichael said.
"When I saw it, I realised it would have made him one of the highest-paid rugby players in the world."
The flyhalf is expected to receive a second shot at his Wallabies career after making some detrimental comments earlier this year that almost resulted in him heading overseas, or worse- go into boxing. Competition for a spot will come from Kurtley Beale, who had a strong finish to the Wallabies recent European tour, but Cooper possesses greater playmaking ability.
He is also certain to once again become one of the key components of the Reds’ 2013 campaign. Cooper missed most of last season after having a knee reconstruction, but was a vital cog in Queensland's Super Rugby title back in 2011.
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