A tier down from Super Rugby, Cooper will play for Brisbane City.

And while he is disappointed at being dropped, Cooper said there were no hard feelings netween him and Wallabies coach Michael Cheika.

 “We just spoke more about his view on the squad and my position in not being in the squad,” Cooper said.

“I’m just excited to play some football.

“I’m in a great mind frame at the moment ... probably the biggest stress in my life right now is the renovations of my house.”

Having enjoyed an injury-free Super Rugby season with the Reds, it was one of his first un-interrupted campaigns for some time.

And despite his omission from the national side, Cooper said he remained positive.

“In terms of a shot to my confidence, not at all,” he said.

“I’ve looked at it as a way to train and continue to get strong and healthy.

“So to be fully fit and healthy, I feel like it’s a great thing for me.

“It is (a blessing) and if anything it’s going to be great for my confidence.

I’ll be here working as hard as possible — the fire’s there.”