Quade Cooper could become a star in the NRL next season if there was a club prepared to take a risk on him.
That’s the view of former dual-code international Mat Rogers, who believes the dumped Queensland Reds playmaker can transition between the codes.
Kiwi-born Cooper is mulling his options after being told by new Reds coach Brad Thorn that he wasn’t in his plans for 2018.
With no other Australian Super Rugby teams interested, the 29-year-old is believed to be considering a stint in Japanese or Premiership rugby but has long held ambitions of playing in the NRL.
While Cooper clearly hasn’t had that rugby league lineage, Rogers says he could be a success at the right club.
“I’ve always rated him, no question about that,” Rogers said.
“I’ve always thought that he’d be a great league player.
“It’s just about finding a club that would be prepared to back him and take that punt and persist with him getting fit enough and accustomed to playing the game.
“I don’t know who that could be … [not] the Titans. They’ve got enough issues to deal with to throw another one in the mix.
“But a club like the Broncos, perhaps.
“They’ve got pretty handy halves and you could bring him off the bench – similar to what they did with Benji [Marshall].”