Wallabies assistant coach Stephen Larkham says unwanted five-eighth Quade Cooper should leave Queensland if he's serious about playing for Australia.
Queensland Reds coach Brad Thorn effectively closed the door on the mercurial playmaker on Wednesday, saying he won't stand in Cooper's way if he received interstate offers.
Cooper is believed to have knocked back approaches from both the Brumbies and Melbourne Rebels and is seemingly determined to work his way back into the Reds team via Brisbane club rugby.
However, Thorn's hardline stance on the 30-year-old prompted Larkham to urge Cooper to consider a shift.
A lack of quality in the No.10 jersey meant Cooper would instantly enter the Wallabies picture if he was playing Super Rugby, he said.
There is no chance of a promotion from club level.
"Playing club rugby, I know he's probably enjoying it and no doubt getting a lot out of it," Larkham said.
"It's doing nothing for his aspiration to get to the next level.
"Now that Brad's categorically told everyone that he's not on the radar there, I think we agree Quade should start looking at some alternatives."
Former Wallabies five-eighth great Larkham admits the Test cupboard is virtually bare in his old position.
Bernard Foley was last year's first-choice pivot, with his backup coming from players who are still stationed elsewhere in the backline during Super Rugby - Reece Hodge and Kurtley Beale.
Larkham admitted he hasn't spoken to Cooper since last year and hasn't seen his club form.
However, he had no doubt the player's form would hold up at any level.
"You don't have to see it, I know the character of the guy. If he had to play Super Rugby this weekend, I'm sure he'd be ready for it."
Judging by Cooper's Instagram activity on Monday, he won't be changing his mind.
"Work hard for what you want.. even when it appears there is no way, there is ALWAYS a way.. persist and be patient.. grateful to be representing @southsrugby on this journey back to the Reds & Wallabies.. I will not give up," Cooper posted.