The 28-year-old signed a three-year deal with Australian rugby last month and was being hunted by Melbourne, but ultimately decided to ink a deal with the club he led to the 2011 Super Rugby Championship.

He spent last season in France which he credited with giving him a new perspective on his rugby future.

“It was a tough decision as I believe the Rebels have a great Rugby program with some well respected coaches and a talented list but I feel that coming home to the Reds is the right move for me at this point,” Cooper said.

“At the time when I decided to leave I felt that I needed a change and to experience something else.

“When I was away I started to look at my life as a whole.

“What made rugby enjoyable to me was I got to do it in front of the people I love the most, which is my family and friends and that I got to play for the club that became such a huge part of my life.

“For me, when I think of rugby and my life, I think of the Reds.

“It’s a massive part of my life.

“I’ve been through the low times and the good times at the Reds and I want to be part of putting them back on top.

“I’m very much looking forward to working with Stilesy (coach Nick Stiles).

“I know he’s a good technical coach and that he’ll play a big part in the culture of the team.

“The list is one that I think can be successful in the near future and the long term as well.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said he was confident Cooper would light up Super Rugby once again.

“I am very pleased that Quade has decided to return to Australia to play his rugby,” Cheika said. “His return brings back his trademark flair and x-factor but also — after his experience overseas — a wiser approach to the way he can lead the team around the field.

“I really believe he will make a big impact on the game, both for Queensland and for the national team.”