Exiled Reds: One down, three to go
ONE down, three to go.
The Reds have offloaded one member of their unwanted Wallabies quartet after halfback Nick Frisby signed a two-year deal with the Glasgow Warriors.
Frisby spent three months on loan at French club Bordeaux after being told by Queensland coach Brad Thorn he wasn't in his plans.
His new contract means one less headache for the Queensland Rugby Union.
But as financial issues continue to bite hard at Ballymore, the Reds will be hopeful it won't be the last overseas raid on their squad - especially if they are lining up a big money bid for Israel Folau as rumoured.
Quade Cooper, Karmichael Hunt and James Slipper remain on Queensland's books despite all three being next to no chance of playing for the Reds - at least not while Thorn is coach.
Cooper and Hunt are both contracted to the end of 2019 while it's understood Slipper is tied to the Reds until 2020, having signed a new deal just before he was sanctioned for drug use in May.
Slipper was fined by Rugby Australia and slapped with a two-month ban, which is due to expire next week.
It means the 68-Test prop will be technically eligible to return for Reds duties and could feature in the National Rugby Championship, provided he has overcome the mental health issues that he said led to his two positive tests for cocaine.
But Thorn's zero tolerance stance against drugs and the players that use them suggests he will likely need to find another Super Rugby club.
Hunt's example is prescriptive.
The 31-year-old was essentially banished from Ballymore after his arrest in Fortitude Valley late last year and Thorn's position did not soften when police dropped cocaine possession charges against him.
Hunt remains intent on breaking back into the Reds team after making his return to rugby alongside Cooper for Souths in Queensland Premier Rugby at the weekend.
"I expressed from the start of the year that Brizzy is home and I want to get back out there with my Reds boys," he said on Saturday.
As for Cooper, his only crime is being a player who Thorn has no interest in.
Despite a dominant season as the big fish in the small pond of Brisbane club rugby that doesn't seem likely to change anytime soon.