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The Reds were boosted on Tuesday by the news that Peter Hynes had signed with them for two more years.

 

They also took a knock in that it was revealed that skipper Sam Cordingley had signed for French second division club Grenoble on a two-and-a-half year deal.

Cordingley is currently out injured and is battling a lingering calf injury.


The Wallaby has informed club officials of his decision which leaves a gaping hole in the Reds leadership ranks for next season.


‘It is disappointing,’ Reds coach Phil Mooney told AAP.


‘He is a senior player in what is a pretty young side. It was disappointing that we lose experience there.


‘It’s been one of those bittersweet days. Peter Hynes re-signed with us (until the end of 2010), so that was good news, but that’s been soured to a degree by Sam going overseas.’


Hynes made his Queensland debut in 2003 and has scored 10 tries in 52 Super 14 appearances for the Reds.


‘I’m really enjoying my rugby with the Reds,’ said Hynes. ‘Our backline is creating a lot of space which is tremendous for me as a winger.’


Cordingley’s departure is a blow for the Reds who this year appointed him as captain dropping longstanding captain John Roe. In addition to Cordingley the Reds look certain to lose hooker Stephen Moore and possibly winger Clinton Schifcofske.


Fullback Chris Latham has signed with Worcester Warriors which leaves the Reds a bit thin on the ground when it comes to their elder statesmen.


‘We knew Chris was leaving so we started to put measures in place to groom the next generation of leaders within the team,’ Mooney pointed out.


‘With Sam being injured this year, that process was accelerated.


‘I guess the French offer was pretty enticing to Sam and being his last contract and having a young family, it did come down to the best financial package.’


Cordingley’s decision effectively ends the 32-year-old’s Test career after 14 appearances for the Wallabies, mainly off the bench as George Gregan occupied the No. 9 place for years. .


‘The conversations I’ve had with him, he’s got a pretty strong desire to play for the Wallabies and I know it’s not something he took for granted,’ Mooney said.


‘I’m sure that would’ve made the decision (to play in France) even tougher.’


Mooney expects youngsters James Horwill, Berrick Barnes and Quade Cooper to fill the leadership void.


The Reds are hoping that Cordingley can make a comeback for their penultimate match against the Crusaders on May 10 while Latham is aiming to return the following week for the interstate grudge match against the Waratahs.


‘I guess we might get a little more out of those two because they’ve got such a short time left in the (Reds) jersey,’ Mooney said.


Hynes, who made his Queensland debut in 2003, has scored 10 tries in 52 Super 14 appearances for the Reds, who take on the Blues at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.


‘I’m really enjoying my rugby with the Reds,’ said Hynes. ‘Our backline is creating a lot of space which is tremendous for me as a winger.’


The Reds take on the Blues at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

 

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