Reds expect Cooper to stay
Reds boss Ewen McKenzie expects controversial fly-half Quade Cooper to line up for his team's Super Rugby warm-up games in February despite his unresolved contract issues and plans for a boxing match.
Cooper is on the undercard of Sonny Bill Williams' heavyweight bout with Francois Botha in Brisbane on February 8, six days after the Reds' first trial match against the Blues at the Toowoomba Sports Ground.
The Wallaby playmaker has inked a three-year deal with the Reds which has yet to be ratified by the Australian Rugby Union since the fallout with national coach Robbie Deans and McKenzie wants all his fit players to turn out against the Blues, including Cooper.
"He's signed with us and I'm progressing on that basis," McKenzie told AAP.
"Everyone will play; how much time will vary depending on what's going on.
"So we'll see what the circumstances are like at the time."
The Reds open their Super Rugby campaign against the Brumbies in Canberra a week after their second pre-season game, which Cooper is also expected to feature in since a full-strength team is likely to be picked.
"We've got to get off to a flyer," McKenzie said.
"We've got the Brumbies and then the Waratahs at home so we have to make sure we're ready to go."