Kurtley Beale, James Slipper react to Quade Cooper’s Reds dumping

QUADE Cooper is too good a player for Australian rugby to lose, according to Wallabies star Kurtley Beale.

But Cooper’s Queensland Reds teammate James Slipper expects the exiled playmaker will be inundated with offers from overseas and has earned the right to not only do “whatever he wants” but make the decision at his own pace.

Cooper’s career is at a crossroads after he was told last week by new Reds coach Brad Thorn he wasn’t in his plans for 2018 despite having two years to run on his contract.

The 29-year-old has been encouraged to find another club but is yet to indicate his thinking.

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