SIGNED: Quade Cooper
The Melbourne Rebels are excited to announce the signing of Wallaby #830, flyhalf Quade Cooper for the 2019 season.
Cooper has signed a one-year contract and will join the Rebels in mid-November for the start of their 2019 pre-season campaign as he looks to add to his 70 Test and 119 Super Rugby caps.
With Melbourne-born Matt Toomua set to complete his repatriation home in late May, Cooper will have the opportunity to become a critical cog in an electric Rebels backline featuring the current Wallaby back-three as well as reuniting with his Super Rugby championship winning half partner, Will Genia.
Cooper says he has enjoyed the community connections he’s been able to build in his recent absence from Super Rugby and is eager to contribute to the success of the Rebels in 2019.
“I want to do whatever I can on and off the field to help grow the Rugby community in Melbourne. I’m keen to work hard and make the entire Rebels organisation and their fans proud,” Cooper said.
“I was really impressed seeing the improvement that Melbourne have made this year. Their professionalism since the first discussion we had about me being a Rebel has been first-class.”
“I know that Rugby in Melbourne has a strong history and cultural connection. If I can help out the grassroots and be involved in inspiring the next generation, then that is just a bonus for me.”
Melbourne Rebels Coach David Wessels said he was is looking forward to Quade joining the Club.
“I’ve obviously chatted to Quade a lot over the last few months and I’ve been impressed by his love of the game, and his willingness to reflect on his journey. He’s been pretty selfless in his commitment to club Rugby in Brisbane and has shown patience and maturity.”
“He knows that he has some hard work ahead of him, but he has the potential to be a really important spark for us over the next few months. We’re excited to have him.”
“We’ve worked really hard on our succession planning as a coaching group and I’m proud of the program we’re building. We’re very clear on what we needed to add to the squad and we look forward to the new players making an impact on the field and in our community,” concluded Wessels.