Rugby: Cooper will stay with us - Reds

Quade Cooper. Photo / Getty Images
Quade Cooper. Photo / Getty Images

The Queensland Reds have moved to publicly reassure fans that controversial playmaker Quade Cooper will remain with the Super Rugby franchise.

On Wednesday Reds chief executive Jim Carmichael penned an open letter to Reds members and supporters on the side's website and released it to the media, in response to Cooper repeatedly airing his increasing dissatisfaction with the code.

In the letter Carmichael wrote: "let me reassure you that Quade has no interest in leaving the Reds.

"He loves playing for Queensland and representing his country and has reaffirmed his commitment to our organisation on several occasions, and again as late as yesterday afternoon."

Cooper has indicated publicly his main issues are with Australian coach Robbie Deans, who he claims has shackled his attacking game while playing for the Wallabies, and has described the atmosphere within national camp as toxic.

The Wallabies and Queensland five-eighth has repeatedly said he does not have problems with the Reds nor Queensland coach Ewen McKenzie, but Cooper's 2013 contract with Queensland is dependent upon him re-signing with the Australian Rugby Union.

It's a move he is yet to make with the rumour mill suggesting he's eyeing off a possible defection to rugby league.

Some have interpreted Cooper's public admonishment of Deans as part of a move to unseat the New Zealand-born mentor from his Wallabies position, something that Carmichael denies.

"There have been suggestions in the media that Quade's actions are part of a Queensland Rugby campaign to bring about a coaching change at a national level, however I can assure you that this is not correct," he wrote.

- AAP

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