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Reds coach Ewen McKenzie said that Quade Cooper, despite training as a boxer during the off season, looked raring to go.
He's been getting his boxing done around normal training," he said.
"The quality of his rugby training has been outstanding, he seems in a very good space. He is highly motivated and very switched on.
"He is adding a lot not just in terms of the team but also a lot of mentoring around some of the younger guys.
"And it is the first time since I have known him that he's had a contract longer than one year - he is fairly settled."