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Quade keen to bat on for century with Reds

Jim Morton 16/02/2011 07:48:27 PM Comments (0)

In-demand playmaker Quade Cooper looks set to join the growing list of Wallabies re-signing beyond the World Cup after revealing his desire to notch a century of games for Queensland.

Cooper plays his 50th Super Rugby match against the Western Force at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday and says he wants to double the milestone for the Reds.

Still just 22, the 24-Test five-eighth believes he has plenty of improvement left in a rising team and is keen to join mentor Tim Horan and former team-mate Chris Latham in the state's revered 100-club.

As the code's hottest property on the back of an exhilarating 2010 season, Cooper signed just a one-year deal with the Australian Rugby Union after attracting attention from clubs in the NRL.

He is yet to begin formal negotiations on a new contract but the Reds are extremely confident he will stay at Ballymore for at least the next three seasons.

"I remember coming out here as an 18-year-old and hoping to play 50 games, and then setting a goal to play 100," Cooper said on Wednesday.

"Running out for my 50th is going to be a big occasion for me and something that I've really looked forward to and aimed for.

"As a player you look to the guys who go before you - Chris Latham, Tim Horan, Mark Connors those kind of guys - who have played 100-plus games and to be mentioned in the same sentence as them would be a great honour for me.

"Hopefully I can make it that far."

Beyond this year's World Cup, the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour and the confidence of a Wallabies revival have helped see Test stars Stephen Moore, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Drew Mitchell, Berrick Barnes and Ben Alexander already re-sign this year.

Determined to see the reborn Reds live up to their exciting potential, Cooper's intentions are no surprise to Queensland Rugby Union officials, who contracted him to a two-year state deal last year before he tested his worth with the ARU.

"I have absolutely no concerns about Quade going anywhere else next year and am also confident we'll see him stay with the Reds well beyond that," said QRU chief executive Jim Carmichael.

Cooper said he was not about to rush into contract talks and was primarily focussed on doing his best for the Reds and Wallabies.

"My order of priority at the moment is playing this year and playing well," he said.

"I'm not going to put a timeframe on (contract negotiations) as I just want to concentrate on playing well for Queensland first and foremost, and then hopefully for the Wallabies."

Reds coach Ewen McKenzie will on Thursday announce his team to play the Force with skipper and Wallabies lock James Horwill likely to play at blind-side flanker with Scott Higginbotham on the bench.

Queensland likely starting side: Peter Hynes, Rod Davies, Will Chambers, Anthony Faingaa, Digby Ioane, Quade Cooper, Will Genia; Leroy Houston, Ed Quirk/Beau Robinson, James Horwill, Rob Simmons, Van Humphries, James Slipper, Saia Faingaa, Ben Daley.

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