7 Dec 2012

Cooper set to re-sign with ARU

10:57 am on 7 December 2012

Quade Cooper and the Australian Rugby Union have resolved their differences and the maverick playmaker is set to sign a new multi-year deal.

The sidelined Wallabies five-eighth is expected to front a media conference in Brisbane today to announce an end to the re-signing saga which has been simmering for six months.

Cooper struck a new three-year deal with the Queensland Reds way back in June but only now is it set to be ratified, although the length of the contract remains clouded.

The Reds have played peacemaker in the rocky negotiation process that was on the brink of collapse late last month after the ARU offered a new incentive-based deal.

At the time, Cooper said he would not accept such a deal while his manager, Khoder Nasser, blamed the ARU for a "total communication breakdown".

It was the 38-test back's own criticism of the Wallabies' "toxic" culture and the state of the code which resulted in the downgraded offer after he failed to sign a more significant deal tabled mid-year.

Cooper's new deal - believed to be for two or three years - isn't expected to prevent him taking part in a charity boxing bout on February the 8th - eight days before Queensland kick off their Super Rugby campaign against the Brumbies in Canberra.

The 24-year-old will still be allowed to fight a yet-to-be-named opponent over three three-minute rounds on the undercard of Sonny Bill Williams' heavyweight clash with South African Francois Botha.

A Fairfax Media report says the revised deal is similar to the million dollar offer that had been taken off the table following his attack on the code in September.